The boy’s mother discovered he was missing from their apartment at 5:30 p.m. and after a frantic search notified police.
Lincoln police began searching the neighborhood for the missing child when Madsen Bowling and Billiards, which is across the street from the boy’s home, discovered him inside the toy machine.
Rachel Hildreth, an employee at the bowling alley, said they believe the boy climbed through the prize door, which even has a safety stop, and then up into the toy machine.
The 3-year-old boy was apparently not distressed and hadn’t even noticed the more than 20 patrons that had gathered around the toy machine to watch.
After the boy was released, he was reunited with his mom.