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“AITA For Telling A Friend’s Friend He Couldn’t Keep The ‘Jackpot’ He Hit On My Slot Machine?”
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“AITA For Telling A Friend’s Friend He Couldn’t Keep The ‘Jackpot’ He Hit On My Slot Machine?”

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House parties can sometimes go south really quickly. You invite your friends, they invite theirs, and before you know it, there’s a bunch of strangers in your house. If you have something valuable, there’s always the danger that someone might feel entitled to “borrow” a thing or two.

In this case, money in an antique slot machine caused some drama. A person shared a story where one guest hit the jackpot on their old-school slot machine and demanded to keep the winnings. As the slot machine was more of a party trick for the owner, they refused. Drama and an almost-fist-fight ensued, and it was revealed later that the guest might have even tampered with the machine, making his “win” invalid.

A person owned an antique slot machine and allowed friends to play it from time to time

Image credits: Louise Tollisen / Unsplash (not the actual photo)

But when one friend hit the jackpot and won around $700, the owner refused to let him keep the money

Image credits:  Marcelo Chagas / Pexels (not the actual photo)

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The owner later gave more details about how much money was in the slot machine and why they were so mad

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Image credits: Miguel Á. Padriñán / Pexels (not the actual photo)

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Some states allow people to have slot machines at home, while others prohibit it

Some commenters raised the question of whether the OP having a slot machine was even legal. The owner defended himself several times in his updates and comments, claiming it was just a cool collectible for him and he didn’t have any intention to use it for profit.

However, the person’s intentions aside, whether or not you can have a slot machine in your house depends on what state you live in. According to Let’s Gamble USA, Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin prohibit slot machine ownership.

In turn, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia allow people of all ages to own slot machines. The age of the machine matters because, for some people, collecting old-school slot machines is a hobby.

In Florida, for example, if a slot machine is 20 or more years old, you may have it in your home. In California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, or Wyoming, slot machines that are older than 25 are perfectly acceptable to be owned by for personal use. In Massachusetts, Missouri, and New York, the cutoff is 30 years.

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Image credits: Pavel Danilyuk / Pexels (not the actual photo)

Laws restrict the ownership of slot machines so that people don’t get ripped off

The condition in many of the states that allow people to own slot machines is that they’re for personal use only. The regulations are there to ensure fairness. “When you play slots online at legal US casinos you know that the games are fair,” Let’s Gamble USA claims. “But if the owner of your local bar added slot machines for customers to play, he could easily manipulate the slot’s RNG [random number generator] to cheat players.”

“Nevada, for example, only allows a person to sell two slot machines in a 12-month period. This is to prevent individuals/companies from distributing gaming devices without first procuring a distributor’s license,” Michael Lawton, lead researcher for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, told the Las Vegas Advisor.

The buying and selling of used slot machines is heavily monitored so that collectors don’t start opening up their private casinos. In New Hampshire, the law describes collectors as persons who buy antique gambling machines for “nostalgic reasons, monetary investment, or personal interest.”

Currently, most of the antique slot machines people can buy for their private collection are mechanical. Gambling columnist John Grochowski explains that’s because 30 or 25 years earlier, computerized slot machines just weren’t a thing. “Where slots at least 30 years old are permitted, the slots may be computerized, but they’ll be almost entirely three-reel games. Twenty-five years ago, video slots started to come into vogue, so in coming years we’ll see increasing numbers available for private ownership.”

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People collect slot machines for all kinds of purposes

Some people collect stamps, others like to invest in old cars, and some can be arcade game collectors. Collecting antique slot machines can be a hobby just like any other, even if it can get pretty expensive.

For some, it’s all about the investment. They buy the old-school slot machines and then sell them to other collectors. They like the hunting process and the feeling of going through a successful deal. For others, it’s like buying a new toy or gaining a status symbol.

And then there are casual collectors, like the owner in this story, who have these machines at home for their own and their friends’ amusement. They’re not snobbish about it, and they don’t care what kind or denomination the machine is. One website for antique slot machine enthusiasts describes this type of collector: “He likes to play it, look at it, feel it, touch it – and then he plays it again; and when he has nothing better to do, he simply sits and stares at it!”

The OP also answered some burning questions from the commenters

Some people branded the owner as a jerk and said the friend won the money fair and square

Others said NTA: the friend should have gone to an actual casino if they wanted to win money

After the netizen posted their last update, it seems that the guest might have actually stolen the money

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Kornelija Viečaitė

Kornelija Viečaitė

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Hi there, fellow pandas! As a person (over)educated both in social sciences and literature, I'm most interested in how we connect and behave online (and sometimes in real life too.) The human experience is weird, so I try my best to put its peculiarities in writing. As a person who grew up chronically online, I now try to marry two sides of myself: the one who knows too much about MySpace, and the one who can't settle and needs to see every corner of the world.

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Hi there, fellow pandas! As a person (over)educated both in social sciences and literature, I'm most interested in how we connect and behave online (and sometimes in real life too.) The human experience is weird, so I try my best to put its peculiarities in writing. As a person who grew up chronically online, I now try to marry two sides of myself: the one who knows too much about MySpace, and the one who can't settle and needs to see every corner of the world.

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I am a Visual editor at Bored Panda, I'm determined to find the most interesting and the best quality images for each post that I do. On my free time I like to unwind by doing some yoga, watching all kinds of movies/tv shows, playing video and board games or just simply hanging out with my cat

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Indrė Lukošiūtė

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I am a Visual editor at Bored Panda, I'm determined to find the most interesting and the best quality images for each post that I do. On my free time I like to unwind by doing some yoga, watching all kinds of movies/tv shows, playing video and board games or just simply hanging out with my cat

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Paul Rabit
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe I'll get downvoted, but I think the YTAs are wild. If I was at a friend's (or anyone's) house, and they had a novelty slot machine, I might put in a quarter for fun, but I'd ask permission first and I certainly wouldn't expect to keep the winnings - especially $700! Like...I'm in a person's house, not a casino - the House Rules in each are completely different. The OP's constant re-edits are obnoxious tho.

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SnowWhite
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All the ones claiming he's the AH are because they ARE that type of person, EXACTLYike the friend's friend!!! All those type of cockroaches come out on posts like this having to do with money. It's saddening all the millions of people who hide behind screen names who are greedy, mean and all around horrible people. And bc they use screen names and throwaway accounts they could very well be loved one. Awful to think about.

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Verena
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't let people put in their own money. Everybody I know (me included) with arcade games, gumball dispensers, kiddies rides etc puts a pile of small coins or flat washers next to it, so everybody can have some fun for free. The sensitivity of the coin checker is easy to change for these old machines.

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Bouche and Audi and Shyla, Oh My!
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My parents had a slot machine that took pennies to quarters. They put change in the machine for people to use. It wasn't real, it was easy to get the money out. When you went through all the coins, you dumped them out and started over. Much more friendly, and no issues with jackpots. On the other hand, no interesting backstory, so there you go.

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rabitaille avatar
Paul Rabit
Community Member
1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe I'll get downvoted, but I think the YTAs are wild. If I was at a friend's (or anyone's) house, and they had a novelty slot machine, I might put in a quarter for fun, but I'd ask permission first and I certainly wouldn't expect to keep the winnings - especially $700! Like...I'm in a person's house, not a casino - the House Rules in each are completely different. The OP's constant re-edits are obnoxious tho.

darleneantionette avatar
SnowWhite
Community Member
1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All the ones claiming he's the AH are because they ARE that type of person, EXACTLYike the friend's friend!!! All those type of cockroaches come out on posts like this having to do with money. It's saddening all the millions of people who hide behind screen names who are greedy, mean and all around horrible people. And bc they use screen names and throwaway accounts they could very well be loved one. Awful to think about.

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vmblessing avatar
Verena
Community Member
1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't let people put in their own money. Everybody I know (me included) with arcade games, gumball dispensers, kiddies rides etc puts a pile of small coins or flat washers next to it, so everybody can have some fun for free. The sensitivity of the coin checker is easy to change for these old machines.

shylabouche_1 avatar
Bouche and Audi and Shyla, Oh My!
Community Member
1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My parents had a slot machine that took pennies to quarters. They put change in the machine for people to use. It wasn't real, it was easy to get the money out. When you went through all the coins, you dumped them out and started over. Much more friendly, and no issues with jackpots. On the other hand, no interesting backstory, so there you go.

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