Berlin: A gambler in Germany was saved from prison by a one-armed bandit.

Two officers, who were on routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum last week, discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant.

He had been ordered to pay a $910 fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident.

Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a jackpot of $1,300.

The man paid his fine in cash on the spot.