Lombardi takes a gamble, 1905

Ice cream merchant, Peter Lombardi of Blantyre found himself in Hamilton Sheriff Court at the end of February 1905, charged with installing a “lottery machine” on his premises at Glasgow Road.

The “penny in a slot” machine contained a mechanical device where balls were freed within then caught by chance by small receptacles, something which was offered for prizes.

Mr Lombardi on advice of his solicitor pled guilty adding that since coming to Scotland, he did not know such devices were illegal. A lenient sentence was asked for with the promise that he would endeavour for the makers to take it back. A fine of £1 was paid when it was heard that many other ice cream parlour traders had such machines recently installed.

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