Today and tomorrow, McDonald’s is offering a deal that could quench your thirst—if that thirst happens to be of the double cheeseburger variety. From Dec. 22 through Dec. 23, you can buy as many double cheeseburgers as your heart desires for 50 cents each. (A double cheeseburger usually costs about $3.79, depending on your ZIP code.)
As with all deals (and in life), there are some caveats: It is only available through the McDonald’s App (but you can order them for delivery or pick-up) and only during the lunch and dinner menu times (between 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.). The double cheeseburger is different from the McDouble: They are both double-beef patties with pickles, chopped onions, ketchup, and mustard, but you get an extra slice of American cheese on the double cheeseburger. Boom, baby.
As a bonus, ordering those discounted double cheeseburgers also makes you eligible for a chance to win the elusive McGold card, which gets you free McDonald’s for “life.” Here’s more information on that:
How do I get the McGold Card?
The McGold Card is not new. It has been around for years, but it has never been made available to the public before now. You can win one through the McDonald’s for Life Appstake [sic], a contest running through the official McDonald’s mobile app from Dec. 5 – 25. To be eligible enter, you must first opt in to the MyMcDonald’s Rewards program with a valid email, which is free to do.
A purchase made through the app will grant you an entry into the (sigh) appstakes for the McGold card. To enter without a purchase (why do you want to win McDonald’s if you do not want to eat McDonald’s?), you can fill out a form. You are allowed to enter once every day throughout the promotion.
What does the McGold card get me?
According to the official rules, the McGold Card is good for two meals per week for 50 years. The fine print includes no restrictions on what exactly defines a “meal” but specifies that the total annual value of the card is $1,040 per year for 50 years. If you don’t plan on living that long, you can choose instead a one-year card worth $1,040 and a cash prize of $50,960. You will also receive the option to give equivalent McGold cards to three of your friends, so they can enjoy the rewards with you. A nice touch: The winner will also receive a check for $22,285 to “help offset taxes on the Prize.” Unfortunately for your lucky friends, they will receive no such tax assistance.
Your odds of winning aren’t great, but they’re not zero. If you do win, you’ll be notified by email and through a push notification from the McDonald’s app.