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2011

Resetting Slot Machines After Big Jackpots

 Resetting Slot Machines After Big Jackpots

There’s nothing like a big jackpot to get the pulse racing and the adrenaline flowing. A little extra cash flow never hurts, and when it comes out of the blue, well, that’s something special.

That’s the way one woman felt after she’d won several thousand dollars on a three-reel game. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited in a casino,” she told me in an e-mail. “I’d just been having an average day, winning a little and losing a little more, when it happened. When that jackpot music started playing, I about fell off my stool.”

But then something happened that she said dampened the excitement a bit.

“After I was paid and signed the tax form,” she said, “the attendant turned a key before I could play again. The man next to me said that resets the machine into ‘collect’ mode. I played a few more spins, and didn’t win anymore, so I took my check and went looking for a different machine. I was happy with the check, mind you. It was exciting, and I have no complaints, but can you tell me, was the attendant really changing the game to ‘collect’ mode.”

All the attendant was really doing was unlocking the machine so the woman could play again. On any jackpot of $1,200 or more, the machine locks so the casino can have you sign a tax form before you continue.

There is no “collect” or “payback” mode on slot machines. The random number generator just goes on generating random numbers, and the odds of the game remain the same. Don’t worry if the attendant turns a key or punches in a code before you can play after a jackpot. That’s just procedure to ensure compliance with IRS regulations.

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