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Frustrating contest is monopolizing our lives!

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Some of the CBS News 8 team members may or may not have an addiction to the grocery store monopoly contest.

It’s the one with the board, the tickets and the codes, but there is one problem. No one has passed “Go” and no one at CBS News 8 has collected the $200.

The perfect example is CBS News 8’s Steve Price

The concept is simple. Every time you shop at Vons, you earn game pieces. The goal is to fill out a monopoly board filled with cool prizes and money - including a $500,000 vacation home and one-million dollars in cash prize.

As you put new pieces on your board there's this sense of accomplishment, and suddenly you're just one away from winning.

However, the last piece is the same piece everyone else is missing. Out of more than a billion game cards handed out, only three have the winning piece.

Something else, it’s not just Vons stores participating. Pavillions, Safeway, Pack n Save, and more than a dozen other stores are handing out tickets in more than 30 states.

That means the big winning tickets may not even be here in California!

So, does anyone really win?

According to the Monopoly website, Matthew in San Diego won a grill and groceries worth $2,500. Sherri in Vista won $1,000 cash, and Maria in Poway won a $500 spa treatment.

At the Vons in Clairemont there were some big winners. One customer won $2 off a purchase and another won $5 in total.

CBS News 8’s Steve Price won a jar of pickles and an executive producer won a free greeting card. The catch? The greeting card had to be $3 or less.

She sent the card to Price for his birthday.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

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