US 2224490 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Dec. 10, 1940. B. J. SIMMONS 2,224,490
GAME OR CHANCE DEVICE Filed Nov. 25, 3.938 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 IN V EN TOR. 21 M A TTORNEYS.
Dec. 10, 1940. B. J. lMMNS 2.224, 90 5 GAME OR CHANCE DEVICE Filed NOV. 25, 1938 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 ,B. zzgLSimmoizs IN VEN TOR.
Dec. 10, 1940.
B. J. SIMMONS GAME OR CHANCE DEVICE Filed Nov. 25, 1938' 45 5: a g a a z x 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 B. Jflimmm INVENTOR.
Patented Dec. 10, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,224,490 GAME on CHANCE DEVICE Bert Joseph Simmons, Stillwater, Minn. Application November 25, 1238, Serial No. 242,373 2 Claims. (c1. 273-441) This invention relates to a game or chance device, the primary object of the invention being to provide a device of this character including a governor controlled stopping means for stop- 6 ping the operating mechanism when the mechanism slows down or reaches a predetermined slow rateof speed. I
Another object of the invention is to provide a device of this character embodying a dial and hands moving over the dial to indicate the movements of the mechanism, for the amusement and convenience of the operators of the device.
A further object of the invention is to provide means for automatically controlling the operation of the pay ofi" mechanism of the machine, whereby the number of checks, slugs or articles released by the machine, may be varied.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in the details ofconstruction hereinafter described and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention herein described, may
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without departing from the spirit of the inven- Figure 5 is a sectional view taken on line 5-5v of Figure l.
Figure 6 is a sectional view taken on line 85 of Figure 1.
Figure '7 is an enlarged rear elevational view of the operating mechanism, illustrating the means for retarding the movement of the operating mechanism when the governor of the mechanism reaches a predetermined slow speed.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on line. 8 8 of Figure 1. .7
Referring to the drawings in detail, the device comprises a frame indicated generally by the reference character 5, the frame comprising the front plate 6 and rear plate 'l', the plates 3 and I being held in spaced relation with respect to each other by means of the spacers 8 which are secured in position by means of the screws 9 that extend through openings in the plates 6 and l and pass into the threaded ends of the -spacers 8.
Positioned within openings formed in the plates 6 and I, are bearings l0 and H, the bearing l0 accommodating the shaft I2, while the bearing ll accommodates the tubular shaft l3 through which the shaft l2 operates.
Secured to the plate I, is a rearwardly extended bracket 14 that provides a support for the bearing |5 through which the shaft [6 extends, the shaft I6 supporting the beveled pinion I! at its upper end that meshes with the pinion l8 loosely mounted on the shaft [2, as clearly shown by Figure 2 of the drawings.
Mounted for movement longitudinally'of the shaft I6, is a sleeve H! to which the upper links 20 of the governor 2! are pivotally connected. A spring indicated at 22 is mounted on the shaft I 6 at a point adjacent tothe governor 2|, and normally acts to move the inner ends of the upper links 20, upwardly, retracting the weights 23 of the governor. Mounted on the shaft l6 and disposed above the upper end of the sleeve I9, is a, collar 24 which is normally urged upward 1y by the action ofthe sleeve l9 and spring 22.
A ball bearing race indicated at 25 is disposed between the upper end of the sleeve I 9 and collar 24 to permit of free-rotary movement of the shaft ltwithin the'sleeve l9 and with respect to thecollar 24. Resting on the upper end of the collar .24 is a ball bearing race 26 on which the collar 21 rests, the collar 21 providing a support for the lower end of the coiled spring 28 that has its upper endconnected with the arm 29 which is shown as extending laterally therefrom. The arm 29 .issecured to one end of the lever 30 which is pivotally connected to the rear plate I of the frame, one end of the lever 30 being curved upwardly .to engage the teeth 3| of the wheel 32 that is keyed to shaft l2. The opposite end of the lever 30 isformed with an opening through which one end of the coiled spring 33 extends, the opposite end of the spring 33 being secured to the rear plate 1, by means of the clip 34. Thus it will be seen that since the spring 33 is of the contractal character, the upwardly curved end of the lever will be normally. held out of contact with the teeth of the wheel 32. As the sleeve 19 moves upwardly, due to the governor contracting, it will be seen that the curved end of the lever 30 will move into engage-c ment with the teeth 3| acting as a brake, to retard movement of the shaft [2, and that when the apparatus is set in motion, the downward movement, of the sleeve 19 will act to move the arm 29 away from the lever 36, allowing the spring 33 to disengage the lever 36 and teeth 3|, allowing the wheel 32 to rotate freely with the shaft l2. Rotary movement is imparted to the shaft l2, by the pinion l8, which is provided with a clutch face35 held in frictional contact with the wheel 32, by means of the coiled spring 36 which is tensioned by the nut 31 positioned on the threaded end of the shaft I2.
Keyed to the shaft I2 is the control disk 38 which is provided with notches 39 arranged in spaced relation with respect to each other and extending inwardly towards the hub of the disk, from the periphery thereof. These slots 39 are of various lengths, for purposes to be hereinafter more fully described. Secured to the shaft I2, by means of the key 40, is a pinion 4| which is substantially small, the pinion 4| meshing with the large pinion 42 secured to the shaft 43 that is .mounted between the front and rear plates 6 and I, as shown by Figures 1 and 2 of the drawings. The reference character 44 designates a substantially small pinion that meshes with the pinion'45 which in, turn is keyed to the tubular shaft I3, to rotate therewith. A control disk indicated at 46 is also keyed to the tubular shaft I3, and is also provided with slots indicated at 41 that extend inwardly from the periphery thereof, the slots of the control disk 46 being of various lengths.
Mounted between the front and rear plates 6 and I, are bearing blocks 48 and 49, the bearing block 48 being provided with an elongated opening through which the blade 58 extends, the blade being of a width to extend across the space occupied by the control disks 46 and 38, so that when the slots of the disks 46 and 38 are in proper alignment, the blade may pass thereinto, in a manner as shown by Figure 2 of the drawings.
This blade 58 is supported at the upper end of the vertically movable bar 5| that operates through an opening formed in the bearing block 49. The lower end of the bar 5| connects with the bar 52 that in turn controls the operation of the pay off mechanism, which plays no part in the present application, but which is operated by vertical movements of the bar 52,
Pivotally connected with the car 53 that extends forwardly from the plate 6, is a lever 54 that has pivotal connection with the bar 5|, through the pin 55 that moves in the elongated opening disposed intermediate the ends of the lever 54. The free end of the lever 54 is bifurcated and engages the pins 56 that extend laterally from the collar 24. Thus it will be seen that due to this construction, the bar 5| and blade carried thereby, are moved vertically, by the action of the lever 54 and sleeve l9. Secured to the front plate 6. is a dial indicated at 51, the dial being provided with suitable indicia, preferably numbers, over which the hands 58 and59 operate, the construction of the dial and hands simulating the face of a clock. On the. extreme lower end of the shaft I6, is a pinion 60 that is in mesh with the pinion 6|, the latter pinion being the power pinion, by means of which rotary movement is imparted to the shaft |6 from a suitable operating mechanism not shown. 4
The operation of the device is as follows: Assuming that the governor and sleeve I9 are in the positions as illustrated by Figure 2 of the drawings, and the operating mechanism not shown, and which is usually in the form of a lever, is moved to rotate the pinions 60 and 6|. As the pinions 60 and 6| operate, the governor is caused to expand, drawing the sleeve I9 downwardly. As the sleeve l9 moves downwardly, the lever 54 is moved to the position as shown by Figure 1 of the drawings, with the result that the bar 5| moves downwardly causing the blade 58 to disengage the control disks 38 and 45. As the pinion 66 slows up, the governor operates to move the sleeve l8 upwardly, as the weights of the governor contract, with the result that the arm 29 moves into engagement with the teeth of the wheel 32 stopping the mechanism. The lever 54 is also moved to move the blade 58 into engagement with the control disks 38 and 46. As the blade moves into contact with the peripheries of the control disks 38 and 46, the bar 52 will not be moved sufficiently to operate the dispensing mechanism but when the blade 58 moves into aligning slots of the disks, the operating bar 52 will be moved a distance to release articles from the machine. This distance of movement of the bar 52 is controlled by the depth of the slot into which the blade 50 extends, thereby regulating the number of articles dispensed by the machine. As the shaft l2 rotates, the hands 58 and 59 will be moved over the dial, and the people operating the device may determine at a glance, whether they have picked the lucky or pay off number. It will of course be understood that the various pinions and mechanism of the device will be set prior to the operation of the machine, so that when the indicating hands move to predetermined positions, or positions that may be known as the pay off positions, the bars 5| and 52 will operate the pay off mechanism not shown.
Due to the fact that the pinion l8 drives the wheel 32, through the friction clutch mechanism- 35, it is obvious that when the shaft is stopped, by the action of the arm 30, the sudden stopping of the mechanism will not damage the operating mechanism, since the structure as described will permit of a slight slippage between the pinion 8 and wheel 32. I
It might be further stated that the frame will be mounted in a suitable cabinet not shown, to meet the requirements of use.
What is claimed is:
1. The combination with the operating bar of a dispensing machine, said operating bar having a blade at the upper end thereof, of a control device comprising a frame, a main horizontally disposed shaft mounted within the frame, an indicating hand secured to the forward end of'the shaft to rotate therewith, a sleeve loosely mounted on the forward end of the shaft, an indicating hand secured to the outer end of the sleeve, a gear keyed to the inner end of the shaft, a gear keyed to the inner end of the sleeve, 2. power pinion loosely mounted on said shaft, a friction clutch connecting the power pinion with said gear, a power shaft, a pinion on one end of the power shaft and meshing with said power pinion for transmitting movement to said main shaft and hand secured thereto, through the pinions and gear, gearing adapted to transmit movement of the main shaft to the sleeve rotating the second mentioned hand, a control disk secured to said horizontal shaft and having notches of various depths extending inwardly from the peripheries thereof, and governor-controlled means including an arm movable into engagement with said pinion and adapted to stop rotation of said main shaft and sleeve, and means for moving said operating bar whereby the blade engages within said notches for regulating the movement of said operating bar simultaneously with the operation of the governor-controlled means to stop rotation of said hands.
2. The combination with'the operating bar of a dispensing machine, said operating bar having a blade at the outer end thereof, of a control device comprising a frame, a main horizontal shaft mounted within the frame, an indicating hand mounted on the forward end of the shaft, a gear keyed to the shaft, a power pinion loosely mounted on said shaft, a sleeve on the shaft, an indicating hand on the forward end of the sleeve, gearing adapted to transmit rotary movement to the sleeve, a friction clutch connecting the power pinion with said gear, a power shaft, a pinion on one end of the power shaft for transmitting movement to said main shaft through the pinion and gear, spaced control disks secured to said shaft and sleeve respectively, and having notches of various depths extending inwardly from the peripheries thereof, said'control disks having certain of their notches aligning, and governor-controlled means including an arm movable into engagement with said gear stopping the rotation of said main shaft, and means controlled by said governor-controlled means and including an arm connected with said operating bar, for moving said blade into said notches of the control disks, and the depth of said notches regulating the movements of said operating bar.
BERT JOSEPH SIMMONS.