Starbucks For Life Game 2017

Winning the Starbucks For Life grand prize is not an easy task when you play the Starbucks For Life Game 2017. First, you need to obtain game plays by making qualifying purchases at participating Starbucks locations. Then, obtaining bonus game plays by completing Starbucks For Life challenges will certainly help you get closer to the goal. But ultimately, you will need to get Starbucks For Life Rare Pieces to win.

Each game play will result in either an Instant Win Game prize or a Collect and Win Game Piece. And you will need to collect all 3 game pieces for a chance to win a prize. Two of the three Game Pieces will be common ones while the third one will be a rare one.

Have a look at the chart below to help you figure out which game pieces are the rarest ones in 2017, both in the United States and Canada.

What Are The Starbucks For Life Rare Pieces 2017

U.S. Rare Game Pieces for 2017

PrizesRare Game PiecesCommon Game PiecesNumber Rare Game Pieces
Starbucks for LifePartridge The Pear– Oliver the Reindeer
– Waddles
Starbucks for a YearSnowshoes– Coffee Bear
– Candy Cane
Starbucks for 6 Months Holly Berry– Brad
– Wild Cuddlefox
Starbucks for 3 Months Silver Bells– Winter Sparrow
– Cozy Yeti
Starbucks for a Month‘Tis The Ski-Son– Christmas Pickle
– Vickers the Cat
Starbucks for a WeekGrandma’s Mittens– Peppermint Bark
– Mixed Nuts
125 Bonus StarsFireplace Feels– Snowflake
– Pine Cone
75 Bonus StarsMilk & Cookies– Professor Owl
– Chili Chandelier
50 Bonus StarsIce Skates– Canberry Sauce
– Yule Goat

Canadian Rare Game Pieces for 2017

PrizesRare Game PiecesCommon Game PiecesNumber Rare Game Pieces
Starbucks for Life– Oliver the Reindeer
– Waddles
Starbucks for a Year– Coffee Bear
– Candy Cane
Starbucks for 6 MonthsHolly Berry– Brad
– Wild Cuddlefox
Starbucks for 3 MonthsSilver Bells– Winter Sparrow
– Cozy Yeti
Starbucks for a Month‘Tis The Ski-Son– Christmas Pickle
– Vickers the Cat
Starbucks for a WeekGrandma’s Mittens– Peppermint Bark
– Mixed Nuts
125 Bonus Stars– Snowflake
– Pine Cone
75 Bonus StarsChili Chandelier– Professor Owl
– Milk & Cookies
50 Bonus Stars Yule Goat– Canberry Sauce
– Ice Skates


These Are All The Game Pieces For The Starbucks For Life 2017

Want to help us? Tell us which game pieces you think are common and rare ones in the comments below!


  1. With just about one more day to go for Starbucks for Life, for historic reasons, and to set the record straight, the two “rare pieces” (for CANADA) are: for 75 Bonus Stars – Milk & Cookies & for 50 Bonus Stars – Ice Skates.
    As a ‘rare’ piece may come to you at any point, it need not be the last piece completing your winning trio of puzzle pieces, and immediately prior to your pop-up informing you that you have won.
    It appears that I was mistaken earlier not having realized that I had received the ‘rare’ piece prior to my winning, and erroneously presumed that the last piece I had just obtained was the ‘rare’ one.
    There are still prizes out there, so good luck to everyone, and hope everyone gets to have another shot at Starbucks Summer contest. (if they have one?)

  2. I won the instant win 10 bonus stars a total of 9 times. I tend to play between 3 and 5am when the baby wakes me up. I would have LOVED a mug!

  3. from the rules in the section “Bonus Game Plays” at the very bottom it states:

    Limit: Each Entrant may receive up to thirty-five (35) bonus Game plays during the
    Promotion Period regardless of method of entry or combination of method of entry.

  4. So if you read through the rules, whether or not you get a rare piece is pre-determined; the animation showing the results of your roll doesn’t have anything to do with it, it’s just to look pretty. Each rare piece has been assigned a random time slot, and whoever happens to roll after that time is going to get it.

    Though I do admit it’s frustrating that it almost always pauses for a second on one of my empty slots before moving to the already filled one. Again. And again. I’m betting that’s on purpose to give your heart that little jolt of adrenaline (and hope!) that keeps us coming back for more!

  5. I’ve noticed that sometimes when I get duplicate pieces, it doesn’t register it under the “extra play” tokens (Which essentially cheats me from free plays). This happened twice already. Anyone else had this issue? I won 75 stars already and have only 1 piece left under each category to win anything (Canada)

  6. These are the ones I don’t have—they have to be the rare ones. Have gotten the other two in each category more than once. All I’m doing is spending money and getting nowhere. I’m done!!!! Yes, the dot lands on an empty space and then goes to a space filled already—glitch. Rigged!!!!
    Starbucks for life Partridge The Pear
    Starbucks for a Year Snowshoes
    Starbucks for 6 Months Holly Berry
    Starbucks for 3 Months Silver Bells
    Starbucks for a Month ‘Tis The Ski-Son
    Starbucks for a Week Grandma’s Mittens
    125 Bonus Stars Fireplace Feels
    75 Bonus Stars Milk & Cookies
    50 Bonus Stars Ice Skates

  7. So I’m curious… if you win “Starbucks for Life”, do you have to pay taxes on the whole RV of $56,575.00? I’m not sure I want to win anymore!

  8. Has anyone noticed it dot lands on the blank space then seems to “glitch” and jump to a space that is already filled? It has happed three times now. I am convinced this is rigged now!

    • Yes, this happens every time, it stops at the piece right before the one it is going to land. I just look away until it is over, it is very frustrating even when you know how it works.

    • I noticed the same thing. In the casino business, with respect to slot machines, this would be called a ‘near miss’. And, in some places these ‘near miss’ situations are banned by law. However, as this is a NO PURCHASE required publicity contest, I don’t think anyone ever took the time to address this type of “glitch” in this situation.

        • To be clear Alex, I have never worked for Starbucks, I have no association with the company in the US that is running this contest (I live in Canada, and I am at the same advantage, or disadvantage when playing this contest, as is everyone else. I have no inside information, just instinct & intuition.
          That said, I remember many years ago my Father wanting me to go out and get a summer job. I said I could make more money sitting around the house playing contests. And so, many months, and three three inch thick binders later of “congratulations you have won…..” letters later, I made my point. And, that was in the days when hand written cards needed to be sent by snail mail to the contest judging organizations. Those were simpler times. I was a master contest player, and proven winner. (Even sat on a daytime TV talk show panel as an ‘expert’ at winning.)
          Today, with a computers pretty much determining who wins many contests, I have different thoughts as to how to win.
          The best advice is to think about what you playing for, and thinking about the best way to go about it. Yes, ultimately it is about being lucky. However, computers are not human. And, if you accept that random means just that, random; then play at times when you believe that the fewest are people are playing and improve your chances of using your game plays at or thereafter a ‘winning’ time.

  9. Honestly not trying to be a jerk, but I don’t think it’s cool that the same people are winning all the prizes. That seems like a glitch to me. How can the same people be the 1 out of so many to receive the prizes in more than one category. Seems like sbux should spread that around. I mean, Mark..thats amazing and all…but I think you better start playing the lottery too!

    • I don’t think you are trying to be a jerk J. My Doctor said something similar regarding playing the lottery.
      I play STARBUCKS FOR LIFE like anyone else. Though I do take the time to carefully read the rules., and followed Starbucks instructions.
      For all Collect and Win Game Prizes: The first daily credit will be loaded to winners’ accounts on or
      around March 1, 2018. Alcoholic beverages and multi-serve items are excluded. Winner must
      present a Starbucks Card registered to their Account to redeem the free food or beverage item.
      Credits are non-transferable and will expire at 11:59 p.m. PT of each day and will not accumulate
      in the winner’s account. Odds of winning the Collect and Win Game Prize depend on the number
      of times entrants play and the Game Pieces distributed. Starbucks Card and Starbucks Account
      terms and conditions apply. Limit: one (1) Grand Prize, one (1) First Prize, one (1) Second Prize,
      one (1) Third Prize, one (1) Fourth Prize, one (1) Fifth Prize, one (1) Sixth Prize, one (1) Seventh
      Prize and one (1) Eighth Prize per person.

  10. Since the day this contest started, I have been completing the online form to get my two free game pieces. I am a SB gold card holder of many years now but wanted to take full advantage of getting my two game pieces each day. Everything went great until four days ago — coincidentally the day I have two game pieces on each of the prizes. Suddenly I can no longer receive a game play by filling out the form. I can complete the form, I get the email with the link, I click the link and it says no game plays or I’ve already clicked on this link. The first day I thought no big deal, just a glitch which happens. Four days later, still no game pieces. I contacted SB, got the first email that was basically we’re so sorry but oh well. Emailed them back and said they hadn’t addressed the elephant in the room which was the coincidental glitch when I just needed one game piece. They answered my email asking me to call to speak to a rep, which I did. Same thing, so sorry, it’s a glitch, we can have someone contact you but it will probably take 10 days. Given that the program ends on 1/8 that takes a lot of game pieces off of my board, greatly minimizing my chance to win anything.

    • i’ve had 2 game pieces on all of the categories for a while now, i play every day, and i just keep getting repeats. the same would probably happen to you, so even though i totally see how it’s frustrating, you’re probably not missing out on any wins lol

  11. I have won 75 bonus stars and the instant win prize of 10 bonus stars twice. I really want to win one of the other giveaways besides the stars. It would be so neat!

    • I won a mug (US). They send an email with a bar code to redeem but when I took it into the store, the baristas didn’t even know that mugs were being given away as prizes. We scanned several mugs (under the max value of $12.95 per the official rules) but it didn’t work. I’ve emailed the fulfillment company and we’ll see what happens.

  12. My boyfriend and I both just won the 3 months prize, and I’m pretty sure we have a rare piece for the life prize because we both have 2 pieces and the reindeer is the same for both of us, just different secondary pieces!

    • Congratulations! Lightening can strike twice. My Father also picked up THREE months too, as well as a ONE month prize. Is it possible to post somewhere a screen shot of both you and your boyfriend’s LIFE prize line? I too have the reindeer. as well as WADDLES the PENGUIN. So, presumably that would mean that whatever “OTHER” piece there is in the third position, is the winning “RARE” piece. If you can’t post a photo somewhere, could you please share the name of that “RARE” piece.

      • When I wrote my comments (above) I had not seen that the complete list of puzzle pieces had been posted at the top of this thread. Problem solved. And, congrats to anonymous et al.

      • With respect to anonymous’ assertion of having ‘two different secondary pieces’, of course it’s BS. But some people need to have their fantasies validated so they can think they are being smarter than others. I posted a screenshot of my winnings for a month, and for six months on TWITTER , and then I recently added my completed line for ONE FREE WEEK, along with Starbucks own announcement. For those that noticed in my earlier posting, I already had the “rare” piece (GRANDMA’S MITTENS) for the ONE WEEK prize, and I just needed a common one to complete that line. It took me all this time, from the first day of the contest, to yesterday, just to get that ‘common’ piece- PEPPERMINT BARK. If anyone doesn’t believe my, or my parents wins, I’d be happy to post screen shots! Of the top TWO prizes, which of course, like everyone else, I need one “rare” piece each, the only other prize I have not won is the one for THREE FREE MONTHS. I am not complaining. I an fortunate enough enough already to have won all the other ones.

  13. I’m pretty sure the Yule goat isn’t the rare piece (in Canada). It was the first I got and I just got another one (also have th cranberries). I’m thinking ice skates are the rare piece.

    • You may well be correct. The order in which you get the pieces does not always mean that the “RARE” one will be the last one to complete the row. I remember getting the “RARE” piece for ONE month on the first day, and it took me until the final last two days of the contest to pick up what was known to be a ‘common’ piece.

  14. I think it’s probably the Ice Skates (rather than the Yule Goat) that is rare for the 50 bonus stars. Have gotten the goat 3 times now, and still no Ice Skates. U.S. player here.

  15. **My results are only based on 2 players. I won 75 bonus stars. My husband has 2 pieces for 75 bonus stars not including milk & cookies. That’s why I assume it’s rare, but maybe he’s lucky enough to have a rare piece as well. : ) Every Other piece we have in common Other than “Candy Cane” for one year. He has that piece and I don’t. I hope that helps!!!! Good luck everyone!

  16. It looks like:

    Waddles and Oliver the Reindeer are the common pieces for life

    Coffee Bear and Candy Cane are common for one year

    Brad and Wild Cuddlefox are common for 6 months

    Winter Sparrow and Cozi Yeti are common for 3 months

    Christmas Pickle and Vickers the Cat are common for one month

    Peppermint Bark and Mixed Nuts are common for 125 bonus stars

    Professor Owl and Chili Chandelier are common for 75 bonus stars (milk and cookies rare)

    Cranberry Sauce and Yule Goat are common for 50 bonus stars

  17. Also on my board I have all the ones Megan has and also the following :

    Starbucks for Life: Waddles (a penguin)

    A month: Vickers the Cat

    125 bonus stars: snowflake and a pine cone

    50 bonus stars: cranberry sauce, Ice Skates and Yule Goat

    And I also won an instant win of 10 bonus stars ♡

    Thank you Richard Cloutier for this Winzily page. Love the chart!

  18. These are all the ones I have so far. Assuming they’re NOT rare.

    For life:
    Oliver the reindeer

    1 year:
    Coffee bear
    Candy cane

    6 months:
    Wild Cuddlefox

    3 months:
    Winter sparrow
    Cozy yeti

    A month:
    Christmas pickle

    A week:
    Peppermint bark
    Mixed nuts

    75 bonus stars:
    Professor owl
    Chili chandelier

    50 bonus stars:
    Cranberry sauce

        • I am so sorry, I forgot to specify that I am in CANADA.
          It appears Starbucks treats these STARBUCKS FOR LIFE contests as linked, but treated as independent events when it comes to prize allocation. We don’t get “FREE” food, beverage, or tumbler prizes here, just an opportunity at BONUS stars along with the various game pieces.
          Just as a note- In Canada, somewhere buried in the often arcane laws that govern this type of publicity contest, there is a statement that any knowledge in the purvey of the sponsoring agent must be disclosed. As you don’t have much control over a randomly assigned puzzle piece, Starbucks has chosen not to disclose what the “RARE” pieces are. However, with respect to many other similar contests run in Canada, the “RARE” pieces are simply specified in the rules. Life is so much easier knowing, even though your odds of winning remain the same.

  19. The following are what I would describe as the RARE pieces. These are the ‘official’ names Starbucks has attributed to them:
    I have pictures posted on my twitter account:
    Hope this helps.

      • Thank you.
        I received an e-mail earlier today that my signed “Declaration of Compliance” forms had arrived, and been accepted by HelloWorld. It cost me C$51.44 to FedEx (Toronto, CANADA to Springfield, MICHIGAN) my declaration by overnight delivery in order to not risk not meeting the FOUR DAY requirement for delivery of those legal documents, as per the rules.
        Anyone else find it odd, IN CANADA, that if you win so little as FIVE BONUS STARS, you have FOURTEEN days to claim your prize. But, if you win any of the TOP THREE prizes, you have to meet a very strict time deadline of FOUR days for delivery of your signed “Declaration of Compliance” forms from Canada to the United States !!! As per the contest rules, if your “Declaration of Compliance” forms don’t make it to HelloWorld in FOUR DAYS, your prize is forfeited, and awarded by a drawing from NON-winning eligible game plays.


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