According to KSL.com, Justin Lebon began crafting a custom Monopoly board as a Christmas present for his then-girlfriend, Michal Ott. But what began as a clever gift to put under the tree quickly turned into the perfect opportunity to pop the question.
Lebon sought the help of Mark Becker, a friend who has experience in woodworking. Becker designed a special trap door under the “Luxury Tax” space on the game board to hide the engagement ring.
For his part, Lebon crafted personalized “Chance” cards on his computer as well as custom board spaces, which included places the couple had lived and vacationed in.
According to the Daily Mail, about 275 million Monopoly games have been sold around the world since 1935, the year it first appeared in American stores.
One thing is for sure — no Monopoly board has ever looked quite like the one Justin Lebon devised.
When Christmas morning finally arrived, Lebon presented the board game as a normal gift and the couple began to play. Unbeknownst to the bride-to-be, Lebon had rigged the dice so she would roll a seven, conveniently landing on the “Chance” square.
She drew the card Lebon had placed on top that read: “Will you marry me? If yes, advance to Luxury Tax.”
As you may have guessed, she then discovered the engagement ring hidden under the space on the game board. She broke into tears of joy, while Lebon felt mostly relief.
“At the end, we were just sitting there laughing,” he said. “She was still in shock and couldn’t believe all the ups and downs.”
For their wedding ceremony, about 53% of couples opt for traditional wedding vows. You can bet that the future Mr. and Mrs. Lebon will be getting a little more creative when they say “I do.”
The couple posted pictures of the custom-made game board on Hasbro’s Facebook page, and it went viral quicker than you can say “Park Place.” The story was then posted to the popular website Reddit, where it has received over 5,000 upvotes.
The couple plans to wed in Maui in 2017, but has said that they will not be involving their favorite board game in the ceremony.