Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1987 NO. 20 > Oct 2 1987

If the outcome of a mechanical or coin-operated game is "as the result of the operation of an element of chance" and "depends in a material degree upon the skill of the contestant," such a game may constitute gambling and be an "amusement game" under RCW 9.46 [chapter 9.46 RCW]. The Gambling Commission may approve "digger" or "crane" games as amusement games if warranted by the facts and all statutory criteria have been met. The award of prizes directly from the game does not affect the classification of a game as an "amusement game" or "gambling device."