Pinball to return to Kokomo after being banned for 61 years


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KOKOMO, Ind. – Pinball will return to Kokomo after being banned for the past 61 years.

Local lovers of the classic arcade game will be pleased to learn that an ordinance, sponsored by Council Member Steve Whikehart, unanimously passed 9-0 Monday night.

Kokomo’s Common Council unanimously voted to ban pinball machines back in July 1955. Why? Because it was a game of chance, not skill, and therefor considered gambling.

At the time of the ban, it is estimated that there were 103 pinball machines in the city.

Punishment for owning or operating a pinball machine was a fine of up to $300 and six months in jail, the Kokomo Tribune reports.

The ban hasn’t been enforced in quite some time, and frankly, most people are unaware that it actually exists.

Mayor Greg Goodnight will sign the ordinance on one of two pinball machines at American Dream Hi-Fi Tuesday.

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