Massachusetts Bar to Accept Monopoly Money as Payment For Shots, Hot Dogs

On June 23 only, a bar in Massachusetts will accept Monopoly money from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a campaign to land the venue a place on a special Worcester edition of the popular board game.

Ralph's Tavern in Worcester, Massachusetts, is inviting guests to use the fake bills from Hasbro's board game to purchase hot dogs and non-alcoholic Jell-O shots. Scot Bove, the owner of the tavern, hopes the campaign will earn the bar a spot on the board.

Bove's friend and part-time employee initially came up with the idea but the owner told Boston.com, "Initially I was a little hesitant. I was like, it sounds kind of corny, but then it took off."

"Everyone obviously thinks its pretty neat idea," Bove added. "It's like the buzz of Worcester right now."

While alcohol has to be paid for in legitimate U.S. currency, the price of a Jell-O "shot" is $20 in Monopoly money.

Guests can pay $50 for a raffle entry, which includes branded glassware, hats, and T-shirts.

A United Kingdom-based company known as Top Trumps USA had purchased the global license to create locally themed Monopoly games, already having created a Cambridge edition and a Greenwich edition.

Dominique Goyette-Connerty with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce told Boston10 News that having your business on the board game would be "a point of pride, I think. Not just for the business community, for people who live here."

"They're not going to do another Worcester edition five years from now, so if you get a space on this board, this is potentially a board game families will have in their game cabinet or in their living room for years to come," she said.

In order for businesses to earn their spot, the community has to send in their votes by emailing worcester@toptrumps.com, and voting will be open until the 25th.

"It's been a lot of fun, we're having a lot of fun with it," Bove told Boston10.

The Top Trumps USA games also announced earlier this month that a special edition of Monopoly focusing on all of the local digs in Brooklyn, New York, will be made available for purchase around November of this year.

Benjamin Thomas, a representative from Top Trumps USA, told Broadway World that "Brooklyn is an unparalleled U.S. city, with an incredible number of seminal establishments and treasured sites. Since we have just 22 squares for our game, it's important that we create an accurate portrayal of what this dynamic community loves about their city."

Newsweek reached out to Hasbro Gaming for additional comment.

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SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: In this photo illustration, Hasbro board games are displayed on February 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. A bar outside of Boston, Massachusetts is accepting Monopoly money for only a few hours on Wednesday as a campaign to gather votes for a spot on a special Worcester edition of the Monopoly board game. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images