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So who is winning, exactly?

One of the things I’d forgotten since my last trip to Las Vegas a year ago was how most ATMs in the hotels in town alert you to remove your cash from the tray by playing the sound of coins rushing out of a slot machine along with the familiar flurry of notes played for prize winners.
 
Of course when the ATM plays that sound, the only one really likely to be winning anything is the casino in which it sits.

January 9, 2009