Outside of the 1961 Wire Act, the 1992 PASPA law, and the 2006 UIGEA law, the U.S. federal government allows states to decide most gambling laws. So people who want to buy a slot machine shouldn’t be concerned about federal gambling laws, but they do need to know their state gaming machine ownership laws. For that reason, this page focuses on state laws regarding slot machine ownership.

Forty-one states allow people to own used slot machines for personal use. Only nine states have a total ban on buying and selling used gaming machines. Most of the other states have restrictions placed on the legal purchase of second-owner slot machines, but they have a wide range for what is allowed.

Where it’s Legal (or Illegal) to Buy/Own Slot Machines

STATE
LEGAL STATUS
LEGAL REFERENCE
Alaska
ALL LEGAL
Alaska Statutes – Section 11.66.260
Arizona
ALL LEGAL
Arizona Revised Statutes 13-3301 – 13-3309
Arkansas
ALL LEGAL
N/A
Kentucky
ALL LEGAL
Kentucky Revised Statutes 528.080
Maine
ALL LEGAL
Maine Revised Statutes Title 17A – Chapter 39
Minnesota
ALL LEGAL
Minnesota Statutes and Criminal Laws
Nevada
ALL LEGAL
N/A
Ohio
ALL LEGAL
Ohio Revised Code
Rhode Island
ALL LEGAL
Rhode Island General Laws
Texas
ALL LEGAL
Texas Statutes Chapter 47
Utah
ALL LEGAL
N/A
Virginia
ALL LEGAL
N/A
West Virginia
ALL LEGAL
N/A
California
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
California Penal Code 330.7
Colorado
MACHINES MANUFACTURED PRE – 1984
Colorado Revised Statutes 12-47.1-103
Delaware
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
28 Delaware 904
Florida
MACHINES 20 YEARS OR OLDER
Florida Statutes 849.235
Georgia
MACHINES MANUFACTURED PRE – 1950
Georgia Code Title 16, Sec. 16-12-24
Idaho
MACHINES MANUFACTURED PRE – 1950
Idaho Statutes Title 18, 3810
Illinois
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Illinois Compiled Statutes 720 5/28-1
Iowa
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Iowa Code 725.9
Kansas
MACHINES MANUFACTURED PRE – 1950
Kansas Statutes 21-4306
Louisiana
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Louisiana Title 15:31-1
Maryland
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Maryland Code Article 27-264B
Massachusetts
MACHINES 30 YEARS OR OLDER
Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 271, Sec. 5A
Michigan
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Michigan Compiled Statutes 750.303
Mississippi
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Mississippi Code 27-27-12
Missouri
MACHINES 30 YEARS OR OLDER
Missouri Revised Statutes 572.070 & 572.125
Montana
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Montana State Code 23-5-153
New Hampshire
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
New Hampshire Revised Statutes 647:2
New Jersey
MACHINES MANUFACTURED PRE – 1941
New Jersey Statute 2C:37-7
New York
MACHINES 30 YEARS OR OLDER
New York Consolidated Laws 225.32
North Carolina
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
North Carolina General Statutes 14-309.1
North Dakota
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
North Dakota Century Code 12.1-28-02
Oklahoma
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Oklahoma State Statutes 21-964
Oregon
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Oregon Revised Statutes 167.147
Pennsylvania
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes 5513
South Dakota
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
South Dakota Codified Laws 22-25-14.1
Vermont
MACHINES MANUFACTURED PRE – 1954
Vermont Statutes Title 13, Ch. 51, Sec. 2135
Washington
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Revised Code of Washington 9.46.235
Washington, DC
MACHINES MANUFACTURED PRE – 1952
District of Columbia 22-1704
Wyoming
MACHINES 25 YEARS OR OLDER
Wyoming Statute 6-7-101
Alabama
PROHIBITED
AL Code Section 13A, Chapter 12, Article 2
Connecticut
PROHIBITED
Connecticut Chapter 946, Section 53-278a
Hawaii
PROHIBITED
Hawaii Statutes §712-1226
Indiana
PROHIBITED
Indiana Code 35-45-5-4
Nebraska
PROHIBITED
Nebraska Revised Statutes Section 28-1107
New Mexico
PROHIBITED
NM Gaming Control Bd. v. Ten Gaming Devices
South Carolina
PROHIBITED
South Carolina Code §12-21-2710
Tennessee
PROHIBITED
Tennessee Code §39-17-505
Wisconsin
PROHIBITED
Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 945

Why are there so many restrictions on buying and owning slot machines in the US?

You might wonder why state legislators care if you own a slot machine or not.

The biggest reason slot machine ownership is heavily regulated is to prevent people from buying used slot machines for commercial use. When you play slots online at legal US casinos you know that the games are fair. But if the owner of your local bar added slot machines for customers to play, he could easily manipulate the slot’s RNG to cheat players.

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