Shepparton boy wins car in McDonald’s Monopoly

By Ashlea Witoslawski

You could not wipe the smile from 14-year-old Bodi Fitzsimmons’ face on Friday afternoon as he collected the four-wheeled prize he won through playing McDonald's Monopoly.

Checking under the bonnet of his new electric-blue Suzuki Swift, Bodi was joined by his parents Dale and Lyn Fitzsimmons to take the car back to their Shepparotn home.

Mr Fitzsimmons said Bodi predicted he would be a major winner in the national competition when it first began back in September.

“He said he felt like he was going to win something and told me to buy more Maccas,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Collecting tokens from his food and making sure they were stored in his phone app, Bodi was surprised when it was a Monopoly chance card that led to his success.

“I was playing the game on the app and the instant win prize came up as the car,” he said.

14-year-old Bodi Fitzsimmons was excited to pick up the Suzuki Swift he won playing McDonald's Monolpoly. 

Beginning in 1987, McDonald's Monopoly had a total prize pool of $438 million this year, with a one in five chance of winning a range of prizes.

With only two cars given away as instant win prizes in the competition, Bodi said he was excited when the picture of the car came up and immediately sent a screen shot to both of his parents.

“I was extremely busy at work when I got the text and I didn’t believe him,” Mrs Fitzsimmons said.

“He said, I’ve just won this car and it's all yours mum.”

Lucky winner Bodi Fitzsimmons with Shepparton Suzuki's Steve Tate and McDonald's people and culture manager Cheryl Tapscott.

Shepparton Suzuki's Steve Tate said it was exciting when the dealership first got the call from Suzuki Australia.

“It was good to have someone local win it,” Mr Tate said.

McDonald's people and culture manager Cheryl Tapscott agreed with Mr Tate.

“We're excited to be able to present a local family with the car,” Ms Tapscott said.

Having only just turned 14, getting behind the wheel is still a couple of years off for Bodi.

In the meantime, he is looking forward to being a passenger and letting his parents enjoy the car.