Ron Dunn's Slot Machine Story
Thursday, August 06 2009 @ 09:00 PM CDT
Contributed by: Admin
Late in 1940 or early 1950 the powers to be in Sacramento claimed that slot machines were no longer legal, so they sent several Limo's over and conficated all the machines that they could carry. The rest of the machines were destroyed, dumped into June Lake and the dump. No monies from the conficated machines were ever returned to Mono County, as required by law. A neighbor of the Dunn's was Chuck Addison, who was 1/4 owner of the Pioneer Club in Las Vegas , and also Joanne Ronci's grandfather told Ron's dad " There's no way that it can be proved, but Nevada interest’s wanted to stop gambling in California so we got a lot of cash together and Bought BROWN " who was the Attorney General of California at the time to clean up the State.
Ron donated several change coin bags that were used for picking up slot change and percentage allowances.
Ron was a slot machine mechanic for about 10 years. The small old building north east of the Sierra Inn was used as a slot machine workshop. Ron said the machines came from the manufacturer set to pay 60%/40%. 60% went to the customer who normally put the 60% back into the machine.