The American use of a slot machine showing a winning combination as an amulet for gambling luck is fairly new and seems to me to coincides with the rise in the number of Indian-run casinos in the United States. This charm is used as a key ring. It depicts a slot machine set at the lucky combination 777 (a variant of lucky number 7) and spewing forth a jackpot of golden coins. It is made of false-cloisonne, in which glitter and acrylic resin mimic enamel. It was purchased in 1997 at a gas station in Garberville, a small town in northern California, while en route to a logging protest.
The slot machine hitting the jackpot represents the slot player's winning wish fulfilled -- and as such it is symbolically related to other wish fulfillment gambling charms, such as the spread of playing cards used by poker players, the pair of dice throwing lucky number 7 used by crap shooters, the horse head in a horseshoe used by race track bettors, and the money bag, all of which are popular amulets for bringing on gambling luck.
Here is a quick link-list to the illustrated Lucky W pages containing key chain and key ring amulets:
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engine and a named link to each Lucky Mojo page
Lucky Mojo Site Map: a descriptive entry-level index to the whole Lucky Mojo pile
Lucky W Amulet Archive Home Page: an online museum of folk-magic charms
Sacred Sex Home Page: essays on tantra yoga, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
The Sacred Landscape Home Page: essays on archaeoastronomy and sacred geometry
Freemasonry for Women Home Page: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co.: manufacturers of spiritual supplies for hoodoo and conjure
The Comics Warehouse: a source for back-issues of comic books and trading cards
catherine yronwode, the eclectic and eccentric author of all the above web pages
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The Lucky Mojo Esoteric Archive: captured internet files on occult and spiritual topics
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