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Mills or Sega Lucky Horseshoe???

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:14 pm
by pedroofn19
Hello, I have just got hold of this Lucky horseshoe bandit, and I was wondering if anyone can tell me is it Mills, or is it Sega?
It was sold to me as a Sega Lucky Horseshoe, but I'm not sure that it is a Sega. On the first reel there are horseshoes on every fruit/bar. I have looked online and all I can find are Mills Lucky Horseshoe bandits, and Sega Lucky Devil. The machines look very similar but my one has the special award 777 next to the reels which makes me think there is something not quite right with it. I haven't got the electric parts working yet, although I did put a new fuse in it and turned it on, only for the fuse to pop straight away. Any tips would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

Re: Mills or Sega Lucky horseshoe???

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:33 pm
by treefrog
Hi there,

I believe we were at the payout together at the same Bournemouth auction. I have owned one as below link and believe these were modified machines in the U.K., possibly by Ruffler and Walker or one of the other revampers of the time and were made from bits of machine available at the time. You have Sega and Mills parts in there. The electronic gubbins are attached to the rear hood and makes it heavy. I did get mine going and was later revamped again by a fellow collector into a bright white machine.

Mills Horseshoe hightop

I suspect you will need to check all leads carefully for shorts or bad connections and ensure you have a good earth as lots of volts in there. These machines paid out special awards on the jackpot of multiple awards repeats based on hitting horseshoe on the first reel. I never took a video of mine, but below is one of similar arrangements I have with Ashby Innes special features the little devils both Sega and Mills. The advantage of these conversions is they did not drill the cabinet and could if chosen be converted back easily.


Re: Mills or Sega Lucky horseshoe???

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:33 pm
by pedroofn19
Thanks treefrog, I thought it was a mish mash of both Sega and Mills. I bought it at Eastbourne auction for £270.
I have seen more than one white Mills Lucky Horseshoe that has been restored, but they were a little different to my one. I guess a lot of machines had parts swapped and rebuilt, so it is hard to identify them. I think the transformer is broken in my one as it looks like it may have burnt out, but I don't really know how to test it. It only has two light bulbs in it and both of them were black, like they had blown. I'm guessing it is on 220v because of the red, black and green wires, that used to be the UK standard colours.

Lucky Horseshoe bonus feature payout blocked ???

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:09 pm
by pedroofn19
Topic merged - Site Admin.

I've just started tinkering with this Lucky Horseshoe, and I've noticed that there is a piece of metal soldered over one of the holes on the reel bundle/payout holes. The finger that is supposed to go into the blocked hole is the finger that hits the micro switch, and the finger has no spring to pull it into the hole. The electrics don't work yet, but I was wondering if a previous owner had blocked the hole once the electrics stopped working, as it works pretty well the way it is, just no bonus feature. If I was to remove the piece of metal and fix the electrics, would the bonus feature be triggered by that finger?

Re: Lucky Horseshoe bonus feature payout blocked ???

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:32 pm
by treefrog
I believe that block is supposed to be there and is part of the operation.

See below thread we have discussed on topic around these jackpot win features.....it is allow the circuit to stay open
Sega Bell Slot Lucky Devil Restoration

Re: Lucky Horseshoe bonus feature payout blocked ???

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:48 pm
by pedroofn19
Ok thanks Treefrog.

Re: Lucky Horseshoe bonus feature payout blocked ???

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:51 am
by malcymal
Clean up all the corrosion, get your spring and see if anything occurs? Be careful of the invisible blue stuff stuff that can make you go ouch; always wary of these electrical add-ons. Do you know a sparky who can run an electrical test over it to help you out?

Re: Lucky Horseshoe bonus feature payout blocked ???

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:33 am
by pedroofn19
Yes mate I do know an electrician. I wouldnt do the electrical stuff myself.

Re: Lucky Horseshoe bonus feature payout blocked ???

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:40 am
by malcymal
That's good then. I got a sparky mate who doesn't know a thing about bandits but he's done me a good turn many times tracing circuits and working it all out. Good luck with it all and be sure to post the pics when you get it all refurbished.

Lucky Horseshoe, lights on but no bonus feature working.

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:32 pm
by pedroofn19
Topic merged - Site Admin.

I finally got the electrics for my Lucky Horseshoe sort of working, I think. The light comes on now in half of the jackpot window, like it should, and the bottom half is not lit, like it should be. It says on the top flash "when horseshoe is lit in jackpot glass maximum chance for every coin inserted". The jackpot glass it divided into two parts, with each part having two light bulbs. As you can see in the photo the top half it lit, and when the bonus feature is triggered the bottom half of the glass should light up. I have played the machine for hours, and the horseshoe has not lit up once. What triggers the jackpot? All except one fruit on the first reel have horseshoes on them, similar to the Lucky Devil bandit, but even if that orange comes up still nothing. I have had a good read about the Lucky Devil post on here, and I'm still missing something. The reel bundle has something soldered over one of the payout holes, that is the orange without the horseshoe on the first reel, but I believe it has nothing to do with the jackpot. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.