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Old 08-12-21, 06:51 PM
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Slot Machine Lock-picking

Inherited this reproduction slot machine but it did not come with a key. It is extremely heavy and I am thinking that the little vault inside must be full (yes I am aware they are weighted). Also seems to be malfunctioning as when you play it will only ever pay out 2 quarters, even on higher value spins. Hoping that this is being caused by some sort of jam as otherwise I probably would be able to fix it. To my knowledge it has never been emptied.

I called 2 locksmiths but none of them wanted to come to my house to open this so I am at a loss. Is it worth picking up a super low end lock pick set and trying to open this myself?








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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

I have the nickel version of that machine. Looks identical except for the color and saying 5˘ on the front. The key is fairly complicated with grooves in both sides of the blade, unlike keys with teeth. The lock mechanism turns a fairly heavy lever and I think it would be hard to turn even if you picked it.

The key has a serial number. I didn't turn the machine around, it's pretty full, but it may correspond to the serial number of the machine. The serial number on my key looks similar to your machine's serial number. Maybe you could look it up by that.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

That’s a really cool looking machine.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Could also try this.

https://picclick.com/Mills-Slot-Mach...493027170.html
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

I experimented with a basic lock pick set during social isolation. I learned how to open cheap locks after I work on them for a long time. That slot machine has an advanced lock that would take a lot of skill and different tools to open. That makes sense, because a slot machine is a box full of money, in public, that has lots of people standing handling it.

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That looks promising!
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

If the key purchase doesn't work, call more locksmiths. Their whole business is usual mobile.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Maybe try contacting the Lockpicking Lawyer, or see if he has any videos opening similar lock types. He's a popular YouTuber who specializes in this.
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Old 08-13-21, 02:58 PM
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Originally Posted by spainlinx0 View Post
Maybe try contacting the Lockpicking Lawyer, or see if he has any videos opening similar lock types. He's a popular YouTuber who specializes in this.
I love his videos, no bs, no clickbait, straight to the point. He's a freaking wizard
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Old 08-13-21, 06:37 PM
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

I'm surprised he's still so popular since his videos are so repetitive. You watch 10 or so and you're good for life. I wish he'd spend more time explaining the mechanisms and how they work.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Originally Posted by Toddarino View Post
This guy told me to drill it and he would sell me a new locking mechanism.

Originally Posted by spainlinx0 View Post
Maybe try contacting the Lockpicking Lawyer, or see if he has any videos opening similar lock types. He's a popular YouTuber who specializes in this.
I think I found one of his that match:

Doesn't seem terrible? But he is an expert, might look into some cheap lock picking kits and let this video be my guide.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Maybe I'm just being stupid about this, but....even if you pick it - what next? It's open, but you'd need to pick it each time you want to open it, unless you replace the lock. Wouldn't it make more sense to pursue the key suggested by Toddarino first?
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

But with the money he makes opening it, he can buy the key!
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Originally Posted by SterlingBen View Post
This guy told me to drill it and he would sell me a new locking mechanism.


I think I found one of his that match:

https://youtu.be/6k4UkXIt1lI
Doesn't seem terrible? But he is an expert, might look into some cheap lock picking kits and let this video be my guide.
It is terrible. He's the best lock-picker on the internet. He can open Master padlocks in five seconds. This lock took him six minutes. He calls it "epic".

Try lock picking. Some people turn out to be good at it. Buy a basic Sparrow lock pick set and practice on some Master padlocks. From there, move up the ladder to harder locks. It will take a while, but you could get good enough to pick that coin box lock.

Edit: Removed unhelpful comments.

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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Have you done a search for keys on the internet? There are many sources for replacement keys, all you need is the serial number to see if they have it.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

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Maybe I'm just being stupid about this, but....even if you pick it - what next? It's open, but you'd need to pick it each time you want to open it, unless you replace the lock. Wouldn't it make more sense to pursue the key suggested by Toddarino first?
I talked to that guy, he didn't have any. Told me to drill it. Plan would be just to leave it unlocked. Also with it open I could take the old lock off and install a new one if it wouldn't stay closed or something unlocked.

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Have you done a search for keys on the internet? There are many sources for replacement keys, all you need is the serial number to see if they have it.
Besides the guy listed above I have only come across people selling random keys. I don't think an organization exists anymore that would be able to sell me a key based on the serial number perhaps when these were actively still being made (I should say at leas my google efforts have turned up nothing but also I am not really in the slot machine scene).

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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

If you’re not worried about people taking quarters out of it the back doesn’t really have to have a lock on it. The back is heavy and can be fairly easily held in place.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Were all those quarters in there when you bought it?
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

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Were all those quarters in there when you bought it?
I inherited it.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

That would be the part I'd be looking forward to... Scouring the contents for interesting quarters.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

I bought a Golden Tee machine off Craigslist that was missing the keys. I, of course, wanted to find out if there was money in it so I drilled out the lock. Wasn't too bad and there was about $2 worth of change in there. Probably wasn't worth the effort but curiosity got the best of me.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

I don't know, but I do know you will need:
The Mastermind, a con artist, a jack-of-all-trades, a financial backer, a pickpocket, an inside man, an engineer, a tech expert, muscle/assorted lackeys.
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Re: Slot Machine Lock-picking

Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson View Post
I don't know, but I do know you will need:
The Mastermind, a con artist, a jack-of-all-trades, a financial backer, a pickpocket, an inside man, an engineer, a tech expert, muscle/assorted lackeys.
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not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald, ever.
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