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99B.10 Electrical and mechanical amusement devices.

It is lawful to own, possess, and offer for use by any person at any location an electrical or mechanical amusement device, but only if all of the following are complied with:

1. A prize of merchandise exceeding five dollars in value or cash shall not be awarded for use of the device. However, a mechanical or amusement device may be designed or adapted to award a prize or one or more free games or portions of games without payment of additional consideration by the participant.

2. An amusement device shall not be designed or adapted to cause or to enable a person to cause the release of free games or portions of games when designated as a potential award for use of the device, and shall not contain any meter or other measurement device for recording the number of free games or portions of games which are awarded.

3. An amusement device shall not be designed or adapted to enable a person using the device to increase the chances of winning free games or portions of games by paying more than is ordinarily required to play the game.

It is lawful for an individual other than an owner or promoter of an amusement device to operate an amusement device, whether or not the amusement device is owned, possessed or offered for use in compliance with this section.

The use of an amusement device which complies with this section shall not be deemed gambling.

Section History: Early form

[C75, 77, 79, 81, § 99B.10]

Section History: Recent form

87 Acts, ch 234, § 425; 88 Acts, ch 1274, § 34; 89 Acts, ch 231, §24

Internal References

Referred to in § 99.1, 99B.1, 725.16

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