ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Its an amusement park staple with a dedicated fan base. But how often does anyone really win at the claw machine?One New Jersey lawmaker has the same question and wants the state to consider more oversight over the game.Critics maintain the game is easy to rig, noting operators can set the payout odds and control the strength of the joystick-controlled claw to determine whether a prize can be retrieved. They also claim that players rarely capture any of the big prizes that the games offer.But industry officials dispute those claims. They say its in arcades best interests to have customers win prizes, because if theyre not getting anything over time they likely wont want to play anymore.Many players admit reservations but mostly put them aside because its a lot of fun, and most say they have won something -- usually a stuffed animal or small toy.Among them are Margie Torres, of Camden, and her 11-year-old son, Rafael Hernandez, who agree that winning seems impossible at times.As they fed dollar bills into machines at an Atlantic City arcade during a family outing, Rafael said he knew he was facing long odds in his bid to claim a big prize.Its impossible to get because when it goes, it grabs it, and when it picks it up, right when it hits the top, it just drops, the boy said while trying to win a GoPro camera, eventually leaving empty-handed.The claw and crane games are ubiquitous at the Jersey shore, and amusement parks, movie theaters and even retailers nationwide. Players say they are lured by the challenge and thrill of snaring a prize big or small.New Jersey state Sen. Nicholas Scutari recently introduced legislation calling for more oversight of the claw game, which he feels targets young children who think they can easily snatch a big prize.No hearings have been scheduled.Most states consider the claw machines games of chance and specifically exempt them from gambling statutes, as long as they comply with certain rules specific to those states.The claw games in New Jersey are already regulated by the states Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission , which oversees the amusement industry. Its inspectors make the rounds at arcades, boardwalks, fairs and carnivals across the state to ensure games are being operated fairly and standards are met.The measure proposed by Scutari would add mechanical and programming specifications needed for claw machines to ensure a player has reasonable odds of obtaining a prize.Difficult is one thing, completely rigged is another, Scutari said. We just want to make sure its a level playing field.According to industry officials, its in arcades best interests to have customers win. They say thats the only way to keep them coming back, although any parent whos reached into their pocket for yet another dollar bill to fulfill their kids wish to try again -- and again and again -- to capture that (insert name of silly toy here) may disagree.Our association says the more you give away, the better it is for people, so the idea that theyre rigged is wrong, said Edward R. McGlynn, of the New Jersey Amusement Association , a trade group.If you dont give away prizes, people eventually wont want to play the game. The commission has done an excellent job over the years in weeding out bad operators.Jeremy Hambly, a claw game aficionado from the Milwaukee area whose ClawStruck YouTube channel shows how many different models work, notes that most modern day machines have sophisticated programming that allows the operator to predetermine their profit.Operators should have to publicly post the odds on a machine, Hambly said, like odds printed on lottery tickets.I dont want people to not play claw machines, Hambly said via electronic message. I want them to play the right ones, because a fairly set claw machine is skill based and is one of the purest forms of fun out there. 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Our experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in NASCAR.Turn 1: Do you think Kyle Larson will remain at Chip Ganassi Racing long term?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst:?Yes, I believe the relationship is cemented, in large part because Chip understands and appreciates the asset he has in Larson. This is a talent a good organization can take from good to great. Recruiting people, talent, and sponsorship -- it all just became a little less difficult for Chip Ganassi.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: That depends on how much they win together in the short- to mid-term. If Ganassi demonstrates that his team is indeed a platform for long-term Cup Series success, Larson will likely stay. But if the wins continue to come on a 1-for-99 pace, Larson has shown enough talent to land a ride with one of the sports top teams -- thats if an open seat exists when he is a free agent.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: Yes with an if -- that being if sponsorship continues. Target already has pulled out of Ganassis IndyCar program. If it pulls out of NASCAR and Ganassi either cant get sponsorship to pay Larson or run well, that would be a reason to leave.Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: No, but I hope so. I think he has the kind of talent to boost them to a level and keep them there. But its not a big secret that he has had a bit of a greener grass syndrome when it comes to looking around the garage at the juggernauts, especially as its pertained to where his team has ranked on the Chevy totem pole.Turn 2: Which throwback scheme that has been announced for Darlington are you looking forward to the most?Pockrass: The No. 43 Petty car. Right number. Right colors. Authentic.Craven: A close second to No. 43 is the 88 paying tribute to Buddy Baker and the Grey Ghost.Oreovicz: Only in its second year, I love the momentum that the throwback-themed Darlington weekend is building, and I hope to experience it in person soon. I like the Coca-Cola scheme that Tony Stewart is running, and the Matt Kenseth Tide Ride will be easy to spot from the stands or on TV.McGee: Honestly, the coolest schemes might be in Saturday nights XFinity Series race. Folgers, Jimmy Means, Marty Robbins, the DW Dew Crew car, the Black Widow, A.J. Foyt, Davey Allisons Texaco-Havloine and his daddys red, white and blue Matador. But the best has to be that Derrike Cope 1990 Daytona 500 throwback -- driven by Derrike Cope!Turn 3: Alex Bowman doesnt have the results that show how well he has done in his two chances driving the No. 88 car. Should he be in the car this weekend at Darlington instead of Jeff Gordon?Craven:?Jeff Gordon should be in the car this weekend. In fact, I have him challenging for a top five. He fits Darlington to perfection. Alex Bowman is a driver I have strong belief in, but the track too tough to tame will be much kinder to Gordon.Oreovicz:?Yes. At this stage, there is nothing to be gained from Gordon being in the car -- nothing promotional- or publicity-wise, nothing from a car development standpoint. Theres probbably a drop-dead date coming soon when it will be determined whether Dale Earnhardt Jr.dddddddddddd comes back this year at all. Gordon is not a long-term solution, so assuming that Junior takes the rest of the year off, the sooner Rick Hendrick makes a decision about the rest of the 2016, the easier it will be for everyone. And Bowman is probably the best option.Pockrass: Yes. Gordon has done his job and will be able to give feedback to the team about how the cars perform. Bowman brings an enthusiasm and he has gotten a raw deal the last two races. Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he believes in Bowman. Why not give him another chance?McGee: OK, all along Ive been screaming that Bowman should have been in the car instead of Gordon. And I still believe that. History says these comebacks, even temporary, dont end well for the guy making the comeback. But if youre running a race car at Darlington and Jeff Gordon is available, then thats what you do. Then give it to Bowman the rest of the season until Earnhardt returns.Turn 4: Should the Southern 500 be run on a Monday in the future?Craven:?Its hard to argue that anything is missing from the Darlington throwback creation, but a Labor Day race beginning at noon would complete the authentication, if only for nostalgia purposes. Sunday evening is a much more comfortable proposition, and it gives fans all day to hang, cook out, hydrate (wink, wink) and raise a little hell. Whats not to love about this race? Its the closest most of us will ever come to experiencing NASCAR at Darlington in the 1970s.Oreovicz: I think its worth a shot. It would help the track and public relations director Kerry Tharp build on the retro theme that has been so popular over the last couple of years. Plus, back in the day, TV didnt dictate the Sunday at 3:50 p.m. start times. Why not cater to the fans actually attending? I think a lot of traditional NASCAR fans would relish the novelty of doing things the way they might have done it back in the day, with a high noon Monday start for the Southern 500. Theyre going to be recording it back home on the DVR anyway, and isnt somebody outside of Nielsen collecting that data?Pockrass: Only if Tuesday is a guaranteed day off work for fans who attend. The best part of this being a Sunday night race is people have Monday to travel -- or see a race if it rains.McGee: Sure. If we really want to go full throwback, then why not go back to the day that they used to run it? They ran that race on Labor Day itself most years from 1950 until 1984, pushed there by South Carolinas blue laws. If you really want the full old-school Southern 500 experience, then you have to run it at noon when it is so hot that your shoes melt into the asphalt. 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