In order to win at playing slot machines, you need to keep a few things in mind. Slot machines are not random. They are programmed to pay out at certain times, in certain amounts, and at certain intervals. Most states have laws stating the number of times or the amount of money that must be paid out. A common percentage of payouts is 85% of the money taken in. They will not pay out, until a certain amount has been received. You are more likely to win, when you are playing a machine that has recently paid out than you are playing a machine that hasn't paid out in a while. They are also pre-programmed with teasers to make you think that you are close to winning. When there are manual levers that make you believe that you have some control, this isn't so.