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Atlantic City Tropicana Unveils 'Cash Contraption'

30 April 2003

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Associated Press: "Rube Goldberg lives -- in spirit anyway.

"A new slot machine gimmick that marries gadgetry and luck in a series of clanking, spinning, ball-rolling contraptions was unveiled Wednesday at Tropicana Casino and Resort.

"Goldberg, a Pulitzer Prize winner who died in 1970, was famous for drawings of complicated machinery that accomplished little but exerted a lot of energy in doing so.

"He was the inspiration for `The Amazing Cash Contraption,' a two-story device that sends a bowling ball through a series of chutes, tubes and glassed-in display cases loaded with levers, gears, faux hammers and other bells and whistles.

"Eventually, the ball circles an entire slot machine section before landing, which sets off a short animated film played on a wall and randomly selects the number of one of the section's 281 slot machines.

"The person playing that machine at that moment wins a jackpot of between $5 and $10,000, as long as they have their personal player card inserted in the machine at the time.

"Every 15 minutes, the cycle repeats.

"...The device and slot area, which cost $8 million to build, opened April 4..."

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