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Mills jackpot not filling

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:46 pm
by fgurnee
I have a Mills HI-TOP 10 cent 5 and 2 cherry inspected in 1946 (serial # scratched). It works pretty well; getting new springs for payout. I’m looking for information on the jackpot.

My jackpot seems to be mostly complete. The release mechanism for the jackpot trapdoor works. The secondary to release the reserve into the jackpot seems to work. And it seems to reset ok (by hand, haven’t put the main mechanism back in yet). I read a post by Monti and now I understand the operation of the trip and reset for both.

The problem is that it is missing the deflector that causes the jackpot and reserve to fill, so coins go directly into the coin box. I don’t have a really good diagram nor operational reference to see exactly what is missing. There is a door deflector assembly in some pictures and a guard plate. The former seems to rotate on a shaft. The latter may screw into the two holes in the front top of my box.

The second picture show a sort of Y pivoting fingers. When the jackpot is tripped, these don’t actually reach into the upside-down P slot in front of it, so something must either reach through there or hand in front.

If anyone can clarify what I am missing with a picture or diagram I would greatly appreciate it.



Re: Mills jackpot not filling

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:59 pm
Hello Frank!
Your front jackpot assembly does appear to be missing other parts as well but hard to tell from the pictures you have posted!
Here below in the first and second jpeg is a couple of pages from the old Ancient Slots Catalog, the first with the parts in a blow up jpeg and the second with the corresponding parts numbers!
Item number corresponding to jpeg and also Mills numbers!
Below that are four jpegs showing different angles of the jackpot assembly!
I hope this helps!
Bona Fortuna!







Re: Mills jackpot not filling

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:43 pm
by fgurnee
Monti, thank you so much. My parts page did not have the inset. I will study all of this in detail. Thanks for your help.

Re: Mills jackpot not filling

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:54 pm
No Problem!
Glad to help!
Enjoy the hobby that is Antique Slot Machine Collection
and Welcome to the Forum!

Re: Mills jackpot not filling

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:56 pm
by aldiener
Thank you for sharing these wonderful resources. I too am having Mills Hi Top Jackpot issues and I recently asked
for the very things you have shared. Thank you for your care and generosity.


Re: Mills jackpot not filling

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:13 am
No problem Amy!
I just returned your PM message as well!
While I may not have as much documentation in my files as some others here on the forum I have been keeping files and literature for 35 years Plus!
Bona Fortuna!