Ali Blumenthal for Reader's Digest
Can you beat it? Yes, but it’s unlikely.
Why? This is one of the more winnable games, if you know what you’re doing. Many carnivals use leaded glass for the bottom bottles, making them heavy enough to withstand getting hit with a ball (a ball that is sometimes filled with cork to make it lighter, no less). The trick? Aim for the middle of the bottom row, and throw as hard as you can.
Can you beat it? Probably not.
Why not? The rings are barely big enough to go around the bottles. Plus, they’re made of hard plastic that bounces if you don’t land the ring directly on the bottle. If you want to win, put spin on your throw to slow the ring’s momentum and hope it settles in smoothly; if you miss by even a couple of millimeters, say goodbye to your cash.