Monopoly Get Out of Jail Card

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Monopoly Get Out of Jail Free Card

We must have played the board Monopoly hundreds of times together, we even have it on a computer game, but never had I thought about the origins of the “Get Out of Jail Free” card you can get.  I was looking for something totally different on the interweb & found myself finding it’s beginnings. I found a couple of uses made for the card.

Intrigued I was so read on for more.

Britain’s First National Lottery

Queen Elizabeth I Monopoly Get Out of Jail Free CardSir Frances Drake Monopoly Get Out of Jail Free Card












In 1567, the prize in Britain’s first national lottery, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Frances Drake to raise funds for England’s navy, it included a get out of jail free card, just like in the Monopoly game, which the winner could use to excuse any but the most serious crimes.

Not sure I agree with that one!

FBI Most Wanted Get Out of Jail Free Monopoly

FBI Most Wanted

Also in 1967, James Robert Ringrose, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, presented a Get Out of Jail Free card to FBI agents after he was arrested.

I bet he didn’t get away with it. Do you know anymore interesting times it has been used?

Anyhow a bit of information to store away to until you need to amaze someone with a fact.

Granddad Al

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Most Wanted Photo credit: Boston Public Library via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-N

8 Thoughts to “Monopoly Get Out of Jail Card”

  1. Ashleigh Allan

    Interesting post. We love monopoly and have lots of different versions

  2. Gabriela Kroh

    Nice fact! I would never imagine it being part of a National Lotery! I will share these data in my next dinner party! 😉

  3. Anita hargreaves

    Still chuckling I played The Millenium Monopoly and we still got excited to win its alternative card. Bought the Simpson’s monopoly but prefer original x

  4. Pam Francis Gregory

    Very interesting!

  5. Margaret Gallagher

    No I never thought of monopoly like that either
    Rather intriguing

    1. Nanna-Jane

      I was surprise when Al told me about it. Jane. x

  6. Samantha O'D

    Thats really interesting, i love monopoly but have never thought much about the content of the game before.

    1. Nanna-Jane

      Glad you thought it was as interesting as I did. Al.

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