BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 14, 2006 – Wal-Mart declares “Game On” with a multi-city MONOPOLY®: Here & Now™ Edition tournament. Beginning Nov. 14, Wal-Mart will kick-off an eight-city MONOPOLY extravaganza in select stores nationwide. Customers are invited to bring their best game forward to challenge MONOPOLY World and National Champions, perfect their game and win prizes valued up to $10,000.
In each city, the winner who accumulates the most assets, including MONOPOLY money, properties and services, at the end of the tournament will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Everyone selected to play in the tournament will receive a $5 Wal-Mart gift card. Wal-Mart brings the MONOPOLY®: Here & Now™ Edition to life by offering one grand-prize winner from the tournament a trip to either New York, N.Y., or Orlando, Fla., which are both featured on the new MONOPOLY®: Here & Now™ Edition game board. See Official Rules at www.wal-mart.com for details.
“Wal-Mart invites our customers to join us in playing America’s favorite game,” said Scott McCall, Wal-Mart vice president and divisional merchandise manager of toys. “Our MONOPOLY®: Here & Now™ Edition tournament is yet another way to help make the holiday gift-giving season more enjoyable for everyone.”
Wal-Mart has searched the world to locate current and previous MONOPOLY Tournament Champions, including Ken Koury from Woodland Hills, Calif., and Lee Bayrd from Los Angeles, Calif. Games with these champions will help customers brush up on their game just in time for the holidays at home with family and friends. Win or lose, MONOPOLY Champions will share their tips and techniques with Wal-Mart shoppers, including which properties to buy and when, how to manage money, and more. Champions will also autograph MONOPOLY®: Here & Now™ Edition board games, which make great gifts for all MONOPOLY enthusiasts.
Rollbacks on Games and Toys
Holiday shoppers will discover great values on more than 100 games and toys, including classic board games OPERATION, SORRY!, CLUE, THE GAME OF LIFE, BATTLESHIP and MONOPOLY Classic (were $13.26-$14.84/now $8) and top-of-the-wish-list toys, such as the Hot Wheels® Radar Gun from Mattel (was $29.74/now $20.00), Amazing Allyson and Amazing Amanda dolls (were $99.00/now $69.00), Barbie Ride On (was $228.88/ now $199), Dora the Explorer Talking Kitchen (was $89.84/now $65) and the Cadillac Escalade Ride on (was $279.37/now $249).
“Wal-Mart offers holiday shoppers the best toys at the guaranteed lowest prices in one destination,” said McCall. “Our goal is to make the gift giving season more affordable, convenient and enjoyable for everyone.”
As part of its commitment to making toys affordable and accessible to everyone with prices that are significantly lower than elsewhere, Wal-Mart stands by its policy of matching advertised toy prices of competitors. Wal-Mart’s rollbacks on toy prices are just the start of thousands of price cuts on key gift, entertaining and holiday items.
About MONOPOLY®: Here & Now™ Edition
With the MONOPOLY®: Here & Now™ Edition (ages 8 and up), families can play America’s favorite game as if it were invented today. Players can move with cool tokens that are iconic to life here and now, own popular destinations from across the United States, and buy and sell at values reflecting current market prices. Since the MONOPOLY game was introduced in 1935, more than 200 million games have been sold and more than 5,120,000,000 little green houses have been “constructed.”
Abbreviated Contest Rules
Wal-Mart/MONOPOLY®: Here & Now Edition Promotion: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF Ca, Oh, Mn, Tn, and Tx 18 YEARS AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Promotion begins 11/14/06 and ends 11/21/06. For Official Rules, including prize descriptions and odds disclosures, visit www.walmart.com. Sponsor: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 702 Southwest 8th Street, Bentonville, AR 72716.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Every week, more than 176 million customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, SAM’S Clubs or a subsidiary location in 15 countries around the world. In each of the countries where Wal-Mart operates, the company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to these local communities. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmart.com or www.walmartfoundation.org.