Bank takes gamble on 'slot' ATMs

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 July, 2005, 12:00am

A regional bank in central Japan is bringing a touch of Las Vegas to its automated teller machines by also making them slot machines.

Officials of Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank say they want to give their customers the chance to win back the handling fees incurred in every ATM transaction - as well as making a trip to the bank 'thrilling'.

'It is the first service of its kind in Japan and we are just trying to help our customers have fun when they visit our branches,' said Yoshi Enami, of the bank's planning division.

'We have not even started the system yet, but already we have had dozens of inquiries and the response from our existing customers appears to be very good.'

The new-look ATMs will be installed at 130 of the bank's 145 branches across central Japan and begin operation on August 8.

The top prize will be just 1,000 yen ($69) in cash when three 'super gold' images line up. When three sevens appear, the 105 yen fee for transactions is cancelled.

Mr Enami said there was a one in 10 chance of the 105 yen prize, while the 1,000 yen payout would go to every 500th customer.

'We think it will be something different for customers and, of course, we are trying to attract more people to open deposit accounts,' he said.