How Long Until That Forgotten Slot Ticket Expires?

93 slot ticket souvenirsPartial proof is the 93 slot tickets we each have from our record setting anniversary.

As a part of our 21st-anniversary run, we collected slot tickets from all 93 casinos we visited. These souvenirs double as time-stamp proof of our 24-hour adventure. While looking through our tickets, we noticed that Las Vegas area players have 30 to 180 days to redeem slot tickets. Stage Door is the only slot ticket with an expiration date, not the number of days to redeem.

Las Vegas area casinos require slot tickets to be redeemed in person. So, it is important to note how many days until the ticket expires. 

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The redemption window varies by casino

The number of days before slot tickets expire varies by casino. However, most Las Vegas Valley casinos allow players 180 days to redeem slot tickets. This includes Caesars and MGM Resort properties on the Strip. Other Strip properties include Casino Royale, Mirage, Resorts World, Sahara, Venetian, and Palazzo.

Strip casinos with 180 days to redeem slot tickets

Downtown casinos with 180 days to redeem slot tickets

Slot tickets at the majority of downtown casinos also expire after 180 days.

Other casinos with 180 days to redeem slot tickets

Other Boyd casinos in the Valley and Station Casino properties also permit players 180 days to redeem slot tickets.

  • Aliante
  • Barley’s Casino
  • Boulder Station
  • Buffalo Bill’s
  • Cannery
  • Gold Coast
  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Jokers Wild
  • M Resort
  • Mohegan Casino
  • Orleans
  • Palace Station
  • Palms
  • Primm Valley
  • Red Rock 
  • Rio
  • Sam’s Town
  • Santa Fe Station
  • Silver Sevens
  • Silverton
  • South Point
  • Suncoast
  • Sunset Station
  • Tuscany
  • Whiskey Pete’s
  • Wildfire Boulder
  • Wildfire Casino & Lanes
  • Wildfire Fremont
  • Wildfire Lake Mead
  • Wildfire Rancho
  • Wildfire Sunset
  • Wildfire Valley View

Less than 180 days to redeem slot tickets

The remainder of the casinos we visited on our adventure give players less than 180 days to redeem slot tickets. Westgate uniquely allows players 120 days for slot ticket redemption. Slot tickets at Downtown Grand, Klondike Sunset, and Oyo expire after 90 days

Slot tickets expire after 60 days

On the Strip, tickets expire after 60 days at Encore, Circus Circus, Strat, and Wynn. Downtown properties include El Cortez and Plaza. 

  • Alamo Blue Diamond
  • Arizona Charlie’s Boulder
  • Arizona Charlie’s Decatur
  • Bighorn
  • Circus Circus
  • Club Fortune
  • El Cortez
  • Ellis Island
  • Emerald Island
  • Encore
  • Eureka
  • Jerry’s Nugget
  • Longhorn Casino
  • Pass Casino
  • Plaza
  • Poker Palace
  • Railroad Pass
  • Rainbow Club
  • Skyline
  • Stage Door
  • Strat
  • Wynn

Slot tickets that expire after 30 days

Two Strip casinos only give players 30 days to redeem slot tickets. Be careful not to leave with slot tickets from Treasure Island or Tropicana unless you are returning quickly. Golden Nugget is the only downtown casino with only 30 days to redeem. In the locals market, Ojos Locos and Rampart also give players 30 days.

Nevada casinos only keep 25 percent of unclaimed slot tickets

It may seem that casinos make substantial money off unclaimed slot tickets. However, most of it goes to the state in the form of a tax. In 2011, the Nevada Legislature passed a law that taxed this money at a rate of 75 percent. The casinos keep the other 25 percent. The state generates about $6 million in annual tax revenue from this, meaning the amount unclaimed is about $8 million per year, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. 

Nearly all of the unclaimed funds come from Las Vegas Strip casinos. While there are no stats available, it is likely most tickets that are never cashed are for small amounts of money. 

If you lose a slot ticket and used a players card, the casino may work with you to recover it. If you discover a slot ticket that is expired, you may find the casino is willing to cash it anyway, especially if you can demonstrate that you are a regular patron of the property. 

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Kristina Mehaffey
Kristina is a founding member of Advantage Media LLC. She was a mathematics teacher for the Clark County School District before joining John with the websites in 2020. She enjoys Deuces Wild, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Her preference for the aesthetics of casinos is shown in the details of the pictures on our sites. When not managing data or writing about casinos, she can be found at her local library, enjoying on one of her many crafting hobbies, or catching a laugh with her husband at a local comedy club.