IndianaTED
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Saturday, August 21, 2010 8:51:15 PM
There have been several contributors to this website posting alot of pictures recently...Thank you all very much!

But in looking at all of these, there are three different Shows in these various albums that have "I Got It" games on their midways.

I think these are games that replaced Bingo games when they were legislated off the midway in many states, but I have never seen one in person.

How do these games differ from Bingo?

Are they as popular as Bingo?

What makes these "legal" where Bingo isn't?
I've never been "with it", just been an interested observer of carnivals for more than 50 years.
Johnny's United Shows..."A Family Tradition" and "All for Fun, Fun for All".
The carnival of my youth, which had roots that originated in my hometown.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010 9:05:57 PM
In I Got It the caller tells you when to throw a ball into the machine. First person to get 5 in a line wins. If you win alone you get a ticket good for a prize. Some operators have several shelves with prizes requiring different numbers of tickets. Here in NY typically if two or more people win they give each one free games as a prize, typically if 2 win you each get 5 free games and if 3 or more win you get 3 free games. The games have anywhere from 30-120 seats. Charge for I Got It is anywhere from 3 games for a dollar to $1 a game. Most go for 50 cents per game. One operator plays 3 games for $2.
They are legal in NY because you throw the balls making it a "game of skill" at least in the eyes of the law.
They are very popular at some spots. At the Erie Co. Fair in Hamburg,NY there are 4 I Got It Games. Three of them are big 120 seat units and the 4th is an 80 seat unit. Operators typically put up smaller games at the smaller spots. Most local events would only have one of these games. At one time Hamburg had 5 I Got It's until one of the operators left the business a few years ago.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010 9:14:34 PM
Sounds like the old "Fascination" game, of which there is still one at Indiana Beach. But in "Fascination", balls are rolled (rather than tossed) onto a 5 x 5 board with holes, the scoreboard has corresponding lights in the 5 x 5 pattern which light up accordingly. When a line or diagnal is complete, then the game ends.
I've never been "with it", just been an interested observer of carnivals for more than 50 years.
Johnny's United Shows..."A Family Tradition" and "All for Fun, Fun for All".
The carnival of my youth, which had roots that originated in my hometown.
Benjibear
Sunday, August 22, 2010 6:59:35 AM
There is still Fascination at Knoebels Grove. The lines are different colors for different amount of tickets. They also have special jackpot games and cover all games there for more tickets. With this game you roll the ball as quick as you can. There is no limit to the amount of times to roll the ball.

I think I Got It is quicker than Bingo. You don't need to call numbers and the only thing you need to check with a winner is how many balls did that person use. I remember playing faster than the announcer and all it meant was I couldn't yell I got it until he got to the number of balls I used.
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