How to win at the claw machine

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How to win at the claw machine
Claw machines offer the client a chance to win a prize. (stuffed bears image by Gale Distler from

A claw machine is a game that offers a player a chance to beat the game and win a prize. Claw machines are typically located in retail stores and appeal to shoppers because of prizes that include stuffed animals, toys and watches. However, winning a price can be difficult. The number of claws on a machine can determine your odds of winning a prize.

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  1. 1

    Scope out a machine that has more than two claws. Also, watch a machine prior to playing. Claw machines are designed to award a prize after a certain number of plays. It helps to develop a strategy to help win at a claw machine.

  2. 2

    Determine whether your machine has a grip setting. You don't want your claw grip to be too loose, or you'll lose your prize. Locate a prize you'd like to win before depositing your money into a machine.

  3. 3

    Watch for toys that look easy to grab, such as a toy lying on top of a pile. Toys that are packed and wedged into a machine won't offer an easy win. Claw machines can't lift toys that have a limb buried.

    How to win at the claw machine
    Locate a toy free from others. (stuffed toys image by Tasha from
  4. 4

    Pay attention to your machine's timer. Spend a few seconds manoeuvring your claw over a toy, avoiding the machine's corners. Toys against the corners of a claw machine are difficult to win.

Tips and warnings

  • Claw machines will cost 50 cents to £1.30 to play.
  • Limit the amount of money you're willing to spend. Many of the toys in claw machines aren't worth more than a few dollars.
  • Machines that have a joystick and drop button will provide better odds for winning.
  • Watching someone else play a machine can help you determine the speed and grip of the machine.
  • Don't spend more money than you intend.
  • Don't jerk the joystick, which can cause the claw to move away from your prize.
  • Stay away from machines that have only a forward and right button.
  • Avoid machines where the same toys have been there for weeks or more than a month.
  • Avoid machines that have a claw that doesn't close all the way or completely grasps an item.

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