Skills-Based Amusement Devices FAQ
What is a skills-based amusement device?
A skills-based amusement device is any machine, apparatus, or device that operates after money or tokens are inserted. It allows individuals through the use of skill to win prizes, credits, or tickets/tokens that can be redeemed for prizes. Examples include merchandisers, such as a claw or crane machine that dispenses prizes, or redemption devices, such as a Skee-Ball or other machine that dispenses tickets that can be redeemed for prizes. An award of free play is not considered a prize. Other standards regarding skills-based amusement devices can be found in the Code of Maryland Regulations 36.08.04.01 and include limitations, such as prizes awarded per play may not have a wholesale value of more than $30, and prizes awarded may not be cash or readily convertible to cash.
Who needs to register?
All owners of skills-based amusement devices are required by law to register annually with Maryland Lottery and Gaming if the device awards prizes other than the award of free play. If you have a skills-based amusement device in your establishment but do not own it, then you are not required to register. Only the owner is required to register. Please ensure that the owner of your skills-based amusement device registers the device for its legal operation.
Why do I need to register?
Code of Maryland Regulations 36.08.02 requires the annual registration of skills-based amusement devices. Failure to register will result in your machines being designated as illegal amusement devices.
When do I register?
Registrations for 2017 are currently due to Maryland Lottery and Gaming.
How do I register?