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Miss America Slot Machines Debut

September 21, 2002

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Miss America could create a winner or two even before Saturday night’s pageant.

The organization joined Harrah’s Atlantic City on Friday in introducing 20 new Miss America quarter slot machines to casino-goers, who gawked at the tiara-topped novelties.

Miss America 2000 Heather French spun the reels for a while using a $20 bill contributed by the game’s designer. Her luck was uneven, but a couple times the pageant’s logo appeared, and French whooped and clapped as the machine played a few bars of ``There She Is, Miss America.″

The song leads into a bonus round, which uses three vertical reels showing heads, torsos and feet. They line up to make complete, imaginary contestants.

Acting Miss America Organization CEO George Bauer said the machines create a revenue source for scholarships, but declined to give an exact figure.

Several past pageant winners, including Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, have said they do not believe the organization should associate with gambling.

French said she was an advocate for education, not gambling, and the funds helped the Miss America organization.

Jerry Seelig, executive vice president of Pleasantville-based AC Coin & Slot, said he kept propriety in mind while designing the machine.


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