How It All Started

In the beginning ... !

When it all started, many years ago, amusement tickets were made of a card stock and were very thick and stiff. The tickets were divided into sections about two inches long and had a perforation on each end so that they could be torn apart. A notch was centered on this perforation on each side of the ticket. This notch was used for counting. The arm of a micro switch would ride along the edge of the ticket and fall into the notch. Every time the arm would pass a notch the count would be increased and eventually the tickets were dispensed to the player.

The micro switch was eventually replaced with the more reliable optical switch. This switch consists of a light on front side of the ticket and a receiver on the back. As the ticket moved through the dispenser the light would not pass through the card. When the notch passed the light the receiver would see the light and send a signal to the electronics that a ticket had passed. This worked because the ticket was a heavy card stock and blocked the passage of light.

The problem with this notch system is that the cut out portion of the ticket would snag and cause jams in the dispenser. In a large Family Amusement Center an “on site” technician could fix this jamming and most large arcades had one or more of these people. The extension of this notch problem was that the game did not make money while it was jammed and the result was often abuse to the equipment. The problem was greater if the location did not have "on site" personnel to handle games that did not work. The bottom line to all this is a game that doesn't work does not make money!

The Next Step

The Evolution of Paper Tickets ... !

The first Paper Tickets copied the notch system using the optical detector to read as tickets came through the dispenser. The problem with paper was magnified as the notch was weaker and got caught more often. Realizing that the notch was used to count tickets the next logical step was to make the notch opaque and shine the light through the paper. This reversed to OLD system and eliminated the jamming caused by the notch. Paper Tickets ran smoother, jammed less often and kept the games in operation making the location more money.

The staff of Paper Ticket Experts, Inc., located in southern California, realized other benefits. This was that Paper Tickets were thinner and many more could be placed into an amusement game. This cut down on the staff time of filling games with tickets and reduced game failure due to empty ticket bins. Paper Tickets made operators more money.

The Future is Here Today

Significant Savings ... !

By removing the notch and going to a light paper the length of the ticket could be shortened. One no longer had to use a two-inch ticket. The staff at Paper Ticket Experts reduced the length by 50%, cut the cost of tickets in half and doubled the capacity of the existing ticket bins while the number of tickets coming from the game doubled without changing the dispenser. All of these changes made the operator more money.

Reading through paper allowed the notch / barcode to be printed on one side and the location information and logo to be printed on the back. By using a translucent colored ink for the message and an opaque black ink for the notch / barcode Paper Ticket Experts only printed the black on one side. This made for a more attractive design and greater location identification. This too, made the operator more money.

What's Next?

A ticket 1.1" X 3/4" costing $300 a million ... It's Here Today at the Redondo Fun Factory!


Paper Tickets are protected under Patent #6.732,926