NoStupidQuestions

Most slot machines in US casinos are set to pay back something like 95% of the money that they take in. That’s not a smooth payout – you aren’t supposed to get a nickel back for each dollar you bet.

If that machine paid you $100, that means you or some group of people had to bet and lose $105 to pay for that.

If the jackpot on that machine is $50,000, that means that people have to bet and lose $52,600 before that meets the payoff odds.

You might hit a day where they pay out more than they take in, but over the long term, those machines are designed to take money, not give it away.

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