From the instructions:
You move around the board according to the throw of the dice. Sometimes you buy property, receive a reward, draw a "chance" card, or "Win the sweepstakes". At other times you have to pay rent, fines, or subject to a penalty move. The action is swift and the game immediately becomes exciting. Before long one player goes bankrupt, rapidly followed by others, and soon one player owns all the houses and lots and wins the game.