Sanyo Pachinko Machine
1970s
This pachinko machine by Sanyo is a Japanese form of pinball with a gambling twist to it. Gambling was illegal in Japan but there were ways to circumvent these laws and win money by playing on pachinko machines. Most pachinko machines especially of this vintage are unique because they work purely on gravity and do not require electrical power. The only lights on this machine is an empty ball tray indicator behind the red triangle at the upper right and another lamp behind the centerpiece to indicate when more balls are awarded. A typical machine needs at least 250 balls for a reasonably playable and enjoyable game.
 
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