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Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationGambling · 1 decade ago

The Lotto & Casino slot machines?

The lotto & other Casino machines

Yes, they are 2 different things, but it should have the fraud with.


For me every single casino (or most of them) have their machines fixed (or programmed) so nobody can win the award (money) until they decide who can win it, or at least when. What do you think?

Also, it’s there any possible way to know when or how those slot machines are almost ready to give up the money? Any trick?


I always I have thought that the national lotteries are ‘programmed’ by the Government for an given date only, so the people spent their money raising the amount of the jackpot.

So, most of them is a fraud.

What do you think?


Are they a fake?

I think they are

Update 2:

wow, I have here a couple of friends that really answered my question, so, it's going to be difficult to chose the best answer.

Update 3:

What about the reel machine of the three lobsters?

It's there any real possibility? I have the three lobsters up & down, but never in the center aligned... Grrrrr!!


8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    For the reel machines (the machines with the 3 spinning reels not the video screens), they are programmed to hit every combination at least once every million spins. They can hit a combo more than once per million spins but they must hit every combo at least once. Not every combo will be a paying combo to the player. Even a combo that pays you nothing the machine sees as one of the combos it must roll at least once every million spins. If you look inside the machine to the right of the 3rd reel you will see three counters. The counter on top is Coin In (the amount of money inserted into the machine), the middle counter is Coin Out (the amount of money paid out excluding hand paid jackpots of $1200.00 or more), and the bottom counter is Drop. A good rule of thumb is if the Coin Out counter is a higher value than the Coin In counter the machine hits often. Keep in mind however that you will not know if the counter has rolled over and started new. The machines with a video screen are individually programmed for hit ratio based on performance, location, and prior success. The brand new machines are programmed to hit more often to attract people to them so if you see a brand new bank of machines try those out. The machines that "claim" a 100% return rate are doing so over the 1 million spins so don't let that false advertising fool you. Your best bet for success on a machine is a video poker machine. As always if you play slots always play max bet.

    Source(s): Over a decade at a major casino as Slot Dept. Manager and Slot Technical Advisor.
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  • 1 decade ago

    I worked for a casino for almost ten years. As much as it seems, they do not decide when someone will win on a slot machine. What they DO decide, however, is what percentage a machine will pay back. Most states that allow gambling legally need the machine to pay back 85%. A rate like that will seem very "tight". Most will be set in the low to mid 90's. That means that if it's set for 90%, then for every dollar that goes in, ninety cents will be returned. That's why you see the small payouts and eventually the big jackpots. This is also how/why the casinos will put better paying machines on the ends of rows and places where more people will see more people winning. If more people see it, more people will spend more money. Look at the traffic patterns. More people generally mean better paying machines.

    I have seen back-to-back jackpots on machines. Not kidding. I've also seen machines go several years without hitting jackpots.


    There is no need to program them. The odds are already very heavily in the government favor. And even though most, if not all, of the money that goes in is paid back out, the lotto agency pays it out over long time, and they get the interest on that money. Even a small amount of interest is a lot when you're looking at millions of dollars. People who take a cash option give up a lot of that money, so that's one more way for the lotto agency to keep money.

    Long story short, there are groups that watch both of these groups very closely. With the lotto, the numbers work so well that there's no reason to cheat. With the casino's, there are many laws and groups that watch very closely. The casino's are fined VERY heavily for any kind of cheating.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lotteries don't need to be programmed or controlled by the Government to build jackpots, they are designed so the natural random selection of numbers will occasionaly build a big jackpot.

    Similarly with slot machines. Slot machines by law have to give jackpots based only on the laws of chance. However, the casino can change the payouts, or even the number of combinations that payout, but the odds have to be consistent with what is posted on the machine.

    There isn't a trick anymore to figuring out how to get the slot machine to pay out. Old machines (no longer in casinos) used to have a predetermined method, and you could calculate the number of spins needed until the payout. But they are only available in antique stores and the like.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They are both games of luck and someone always has to win some money. The way they make money is that more put people put money IN then the money coming out. examples:

    For slot machines - People play it, the lose money, more people play it they lose, people play it some more, they might win a little but just like half of hat has gone it. Then the cycle continues. People play it some more, etc. Then it releases a "big" jackpot, but there it hold more money than the jackpot see?

    For lotto: Let's say they give away 10 MILLION dollars (just an example but 30 Million people bought a $1 ticket. They are earning $20 million in profit.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I look at gambling as a fun amusement. Would I ever go to a casino or buy a lotto ticket with the intention of being a big winner? NO. Gambling can become addictive, and unfortunately, a lot of the people that DO become addicted really couldn't afford to play in the first place. They really want that dream to come true for them. (Hey, we ALL want the dream to come true, but you have to be realistic. If I am out of toilet paper at home, I am not spending my last dollar on a lottery ticket!)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Slot machines are not pre-programmed like that. Slot machines are completely random and do not have a pre-set order to the spins. You can find some good online ones at

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  • 1 decade ago

    There's no reason for them to cheat, since the odds are already in their favour. All they have to do is sit back and rake in the money.

    So no, I don't think these games are rigged or programmed as you suggested.

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  • i have also been told that machines that are located near the doors or exits have a better pay out rate

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