Mills Mystery Mechanism

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Mills Mystery Mechanism

Postby wahsah » Mon May 07, 2018 3:03 pm

I have just obtained another slot machine for rehab. And here I am again with another request.

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Exterior

It is presumptively a Mills escalator Jewel Bell (at least the case seems to be), but the mechanism is a bit unusual. It is a 2-5 20 stop that has been modified. I cannot discern a serial number or other identifying marks, other than standard Mills part numbers on the base plate.

First of all, the reel strips appear to be a customized set of silver Mills CC-537. The strips have overlays in certain locations of various uncommon symbols: Melon, Dice, Eightball, and the 7. Some of the overlays have begun to peel due to age and deterioration, showing stock symbols underneath (lemon, i.e.)

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Reel Strips Exemplar

More significantly, each of the overlay symbols has a corresponding payout lever that has been sandwiched in between the normal cherry-orange-plum-bell levers. That makes for a total of SEVEN separate payout levers, plus the jackpot. Looking at the below photo, counting from right to left, the payout levers are:
1. Cherry
2. Melon
3. Orange
4. Eightball
5. Plum
6. Dice
7. Bell
8. 7 (Jackpot)
The reel discs are properly slotted to facilitate the additional payout levers.
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Payout Levers

The mechanism has a jackpot counter (seen in the photo) and also has a second jackpot counter that was added below reel three and triggers off of the jackpot payout slide (no photo provided).

I have audited the payouts in regard to the reels, and in addition to the normal payouts, in the event of a sequence of of three melons, or three dice, or three eight balls, each win will pay 20 coins. The 7-7-7 combination will also pay 20 coins, but it is the only award that triggers the jackpot lever. There is a single BAR on reel one and on reel three, but no BAR on the center reel, so there is no possibility of a BAR-BAR-Bar win.

The case has a fixed coin window "jackpot" that is not triggered by the mechanism in the event of a 7-7-7 win, so I assume that the machine is intended to be an "attendant-paid" jackpot.

I have not found any similar setup in my online research.
So, the question is: What exactly is this thing? :-k

Thanks in advance
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Re: Mills Mystery Mechanism

Postby Rick B » Mon May 07, 2018 3:22 pm

Looks like a Sega made machine.
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Re: Mills Mystery Mechanism

Postby wahsah » Mon May 07, 2018 4:25 pm

Thanks, Rick B.
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Re: Mills Mystery Mechanism

Postby mechanic » Mon May 07, 2018 5:26 pm

It is a Mills Jewel with a patched reel bundle. The three thin fingers go to the Melon, Dice and 8-ball symbols. Triple 7's should either act as the bars and trip the jackpot or if a guarenteed jackpot then the 7's trip the token vendor releasing the token into the money tray. Most of these patched bundle were done by Operators or if it was in a casino then the casino mechanics did it. All Mills factory machines had matching strips, Mills did not make odd patched strips that I am aware of. Maybe the open fronts made later in the 60"s
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