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Is it legal to own a slot machine in the USA?

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For some people the love of slot machines goes further than them playing on them in casinos and they to take the machines with them to enjoy at home. Whether you are one of the many slot machines collectors, restorers,or just fancy having one for your home bar or games room you will need to do so legally. The law regarding the ownership of a slot machine is done at a state,rather than federal level, so the legality of owning one will depend on which state you are in.

Today we will cover the legality of owning a slot machine across the 50 states of the United States of America so you’ll know where you stand should you be considering buying one for yourself. All of the details were correct at the time of writing, but consult the relevant state’s statutes for more information to be sure that you don’t end up facing time in jail.  


Alabama – illegal

According to Alabama State code 13A-12-27 it is illegal to own a slot machine, or gambling device. View Alabama’s law on slot machine ownership.

Alaska – legal

According to Alaska State law 11.66.260 it is legal to own a slot machine as long as it is used for social and not gambling purposes. View Alaska’s law on slot machine ownership.

Arizona – antique slot machines only

According to Arizona State law 13-3309 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. Antique slot machines are those over 25 years old. View Arizona’s law on slot machine ownership.

Arkansas – legal

According to Arkansas State law 5-66-104 it is legal to own a slot machine in Arkansas as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. View Arkansas' law on slot machine ownership

California –antique slot machines only

According to California State law it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. Antique slot machines are those over 25 years old. View California’slaw on slot machine ownership.

Colorado – vintage slot machine only

According to Colorado State law 18-10-104 it is legal to own a vintage slot machine as long as it is not operated for gambling, or business purposes. A vintage slot machine is one which was introduced to market before 1 January 1984. View Colorado’s law on slot machine ownership.

Connecticut –illegal

It is illegal to own a slot machine in Connecticut according to law 53-278c as “(a) All gambling devices are common nuisances” & (b) “no property right in any such gambling device shall exist or be recognized in any person”. View Connecticut’s law on slot machine ownership.

Delaware – antique slot machines only

According to Delaware state law 28, 904 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one over 25 years old. View Delaware’s law on slot machine ownership.

Florida – antique slot machines only

According to Florida state law 849.235 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one which was manufactured at least 20 years ago. View Florida’s law on slot machine ownership.

Georgia – antique slot machines only

According to Georgia state law 16-12-24 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured before 1 January 1950. View Georgia’s law on slot machine ownership.

Hawaii – illegal

It is illegal to own a slot machine in the state of Hawaii. Slot machines are only allowed in licensed gambling establishments. View Hawaii’s law on slot machine ownership.

Idaho – antique slot machines only

According to Idaho state law 18-3810 it is legal to own an antique slot machine which is not operated for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured before 1950. View Idaho’slaw on slot machine ownership.

Illinois – antique slot machines only

According to Illinois law 720, 5/28-1 it is legal to own an antique slot machine which is not operated for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured over 25 years ago. View Illinois’slaw on slot machine ownership.

Indiana – antique slot machines only

According to Indiana state law 35-45-5-4 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it not for used for gambling or on public display. An antique slot machine is one which is over 40 years old. View Indiana’s law on slot machine ownership.

Iowa – antique slot machines only

According to Iowa state law 725.9 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one over 25 years old. View Iowa’s law on slot machine ownership.

Kansas – antique slot machines only

According to Kansas state law 21-6407 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one which was manufactured before 1950. View Kansas’s law on slot machine ownership.

Kentucky – legal

According to Kentucky state law 528.080 it is legal to own any slot machine as long as it is not used for unlawful gambling activity. View Kentucky’s law on slot machine ownership.

Louisiana –antique slot machines only

According to Louisiana state law it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for the purposes of gambling. An antique slot machine is one which is at least 25 years old. View Louisiana’s law on slot machine ownership.

Maine – legal

According to Maine state law 17-A/952 it is legal to own a slot machine of any age as long as the owner is, ‘a player or a member of the player’s family residing with a player in cases in which the gambling takes place in their residence.’View Maine’slaw on slot machine ownership.

Maryland- antique slot machines only

According to Maryland state law 12-303 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not operated for gambling. An antique slot machine is one which is at least 25 years old. View Maryland’s law on slot machine ownership.

Massachusetts –antique slot machines only

According to Massachusetts state law 271/5A it is legal to own an antique slot machine. An antique slot machine is one over 30 years old.View Massachusetts’ law on slot machine ownership

Michigan – antique slot machines only

According to Michigan state law 750.303 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one which is over 30 years old. View Michigan’s law on slot machine ownership.

Minnesota – legal

According to Minnesota state law 609.755 it is legal to own a slot machine of any kind and age as long as it is for amusement purposes only and players do not ‘obtain anything of value’. View Minnesota’s law on slot machine ownership.

Mississippi –antique slot machines only

According to Mississippi state law 27-27-12 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one which is 25 years old, or older. View Mississippi’s law on slot machine ownership.

Missouri – antique slot machines only

According to Missouri state law 572.120 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one over 30 years old. View Missouri’s law on slot machine ownership.

Montana – antique slot machines only

According to Montana state law it is legal to own an antique slot machine, but it cannot be used operated for commercial or charitable use. View Montana’s law on slot machine ownership.

Nebraska – illegal

According to Nebraska state law 28-1107 it is illegal to own a gambling device of any sort. View Nebraska’s law on slot machine ownership.

Nevada – legal

According to Nevada state law 14.330 it is legal to own a slot machine of any type within a private residence or for display purposes. You will need a distributor’s licence in the state if you sell more than two within 12 months.View Nevada’slaw on slot machine ownership.

New Hampshire -antique slot machines only

According to New Hampshire state law 647-2 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not operated for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one over 25 years old. View New Hampshire’s law on slot machine ownership.

New Jersey -antique slot machines only

According to New Jersey state law 2C:37-7 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not operated for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured before 1941. View New Jersey’s law on slot machine ownership.

New Mexico -antique slot machines only

According to New Mexico state law 30-19-5 it is legal to own an antique slot machine. View New Mexico’s law on slot machine ownership.

New York - antique slot machines only

According to New York state law 225.32 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not operated for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured before 1941. View New York’s law on slot machine ownership.

North Carolina -antique slot machines only

According to North Carolina state law 14-309.1 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not as it is not used for gambling. An antique slot machine is one which was manufactured over 25 years ago. View North Carolina’s law on slot machine ownership.

North Dakota -antique slot machines only

According to North Dakota state law 12.1-28-01 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is possessed as a hobby and is not maintained for business or gambling.An antique slot machine is one which is 25 years old, or older. View North Dakota’s law on slot machine ownership.

Ohio – legal

According to Ohio state law 2915.02 it is legal to own a slot machine as long as it is not for the purpose of gambling. View Ohio’s law on slot machine ownership.

Oklahoma - antique slot machines only

According to Oklahoma state law 21-964 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is used for the purpose of teaching slot machine repair and is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one which is over 25 years old. View Oklahoma’s law on slot machine ownership.

Oregon - antiqueslot machines only

According to Oregon state law 167.147 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is in a private residence and not operated for unlawful gambling. An antique slot machine is either one manufactured before 1900, or 25 years or older. View Oregon’s law on slot machine ownership.

Pennsylvania –vintage slot machine only

According to Pennsylvania state law 5513 it is legal to own a vintage slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured at least 25 years ago. View Pennsylvania’s law on slot machine ownership.

Rhode Island –legal

According to Rhode Island state law 11-19-1 it is legal to own a slot machine as long a sit is not used for gambling purposes. View Rhode Island’s law on slot machine ownership.

South Carolina –illegal

According to South Carolina state law 12-21-2710 it is illegal to own a slot machine, or any other gambling device. View South Carolina’s law on slot machine ownership.

South Dakota -antique slot machines only

According to South Dakota state law 22-25-14.1 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one over 125 years old. View South Dakota’s law on slot machine ownership.

Tennessee –illegal

According to Tennessee state law 39-17-505 it is illegal to own a slot machine. View Tennessee’s law on slot machine ownership.

Texas – legal

According to Texas state law 47.01 it is legal to own a slot machine as long as it is in a private place. View Texas’s law on slot machine ownership.

Utah – legal

According to Utah state law 79-10-1104.5 it is legal to own a slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. View Utah’s law on slot machine ownership.

Vermont - antique slot machines only

According to Vermont state law 2135 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is not used for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured before 1954. View Vermont’slaw on slot machine ownership.

Virginia – legal

According to Virginia state law 18.2-334 it is legal to own a slot machine as long as it is within a private residence and not commonly used for gambling purposes.View Virginia’slaw on slot machine ownership.

Washington -antique slot machines only

It is legal to own an antique slot machine in Washington State if it is not being operated for gambling purposes. An antique slot machine is one which at least 25 years old. View Washington state’s law on slot machine ownership.

West Virginia

According to West Virginia state law 9.46.235 it is legal to own a slot machine as long as it is not for the purpose of gambling. View West Virginia’s law on slot machine ownership.

Wisconsin -antique slot machines only

According to Wisconsin state law 945.035 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is for display, restoration or preservation purposes. An antique slot machine is one manufactured before 31 December 1974. View Wisconsin’s law on slot machine ownership.

Wyoming - antique slot machines only

According to Wyoming state law 6-7-101 it is legal to own an antique slot machine as long as it is used for display, or non-gambling purposes. An antique device is one which is over 25 years old. View Wyoming’s law on slot machine ownership.



So, there you go. Now you know where you stand on owning a slot machine in any state in the USA. There could be other relevant laws regarding the transport of slot machines across the country, or selling them, so please make sure you have all the information you need before purchasing a slot machine for yourself or someone else.

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