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Welfare Lottery Ban: Proposal Not Going Over Well

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Some North Carolina residents are upset over a new measure to ban welfare recipients from buying Lottery tickets. The legislation is currently being drafted and would see all lottery ticket merchants refusing to sell to individuals who receive government assistance or who are going through bankruptcy.

Representative Paul Stam, who is helping to draft the proposal, says the measure would ensure that government money is not being misdirected.

“We’re giving them welfare to help them live, and yet by selling them a ticket, we’re taking away their money that is there to provide them the barest of necessities,” Stam said.

But many think the local government is missing the bigger picture, and should be focusing on eliminating the need for welfare in the first place before cracking down on something which may or may not be enforceable.

“The NAACP, we didn’t agree with the lottery to start with. Rather than Mr. Stam having a side argument, ask him to stop blocking labor rights for poor people and working people. Ask him to have a real conversation about real wage,” NAACP President Rev. William Barber said.

Welfare Lottery Ban: Proposal Not Going Over Well
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  • Marigail

    Like they wouldn’t get someone else to buy them their tickets for them. Come on, how stupid can people be???????

  • damikus

    I think if a welfare recipient wins on a lottery ticket, the welfare they have received in the past should be deducted and paid back. Then, they should be taken off all government assistance programs. They get to keep what is left of their winnings (if there is any).

    • ChubbyChuck

      Nail on head. Great comment

  • Kim

    I don’t think that their should be a ban one that is a hard working person really asks to be on welware. I mean my family fell on hard times and we nned till we got back on our feet. We no longer need it but that doesnt mean take things aways its a $1 if any thing when they claim taxies you will find out then put them in jail. But to say they cany buy a ticket is wrong your not GOD so stop playing the roll of GOD because your not!!!

  • CHARLES

    OK WHAT IF YOU ARE A DISABLE VET AND CAN NOT WORK BUT I WENT TO NAM WHILE A LOT OF YOU SET BACK HERE ON YOUR BUTTS IF I WANT TO BUY A LOTTERY TICKET I WILL A LOT OF YOU NONE OF YOU HAVE ANY RIGHT TELLING OTHERS WHAT TO DO YOU DO NOT KNOW MOST THE PEOPLE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AND HOW THEY GOT THE WAY THEY DID THE FATHER DIED OR DISABLE CANCER OTHER THINGS MAY HAVE A FAMILY ON FOOD STAMPS AND OTHER HELP I HAVE PAYED MY DUE AND I HAVE NO RIGHT TELLING OTHERS WHAT TO DO ONLY GOD THERE NO ONE OUT THERE GOING TELL ME HOW SPEND MY MONEY I KNOW HOW TO MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY IF YOU WANT THE RICH TO BOSS YOU GO FOR IT I AM A MARINE I NEED NONE OF YOU TO MAKE IT

  • ed

    At least we the taxpayers are getting some of the money back. I look at it as a form of recycling. Also be realistic. How can this possibly be enforced? Just more “feel good” legislation from “do good” politicians

  • http://yahoo disgusted

    Why let them have cash at all? Last week I saw a lady buy a $50 bottle of shampoo with a welfare “debit” card. What a croc! Let them go to the store and get the basics to eat and live. put special bar codes on items that can be purchased with assistance money and the rest they have to get a job to buy. that would motivate them to get off the assistance programs.

  • Bill59

    Wow, what a waste of time. So, what is so wrong about the poor dreaming about getting rich? Instead of banning someone on welfare to spend $1 on a dream, you should be complaining about the people on welfare who use their money to buy cigarettes… or alchohol…. or drugs…. all these care health cost. No, lets complain about a dollar, maybe they will win and get off welfare. And since they want to ban this becuase it’s government money, should state and local goverment employees also be banned becuase they also receive “:government” money? Same principle applies.

    • ChubbyChuck

      If it was only a dollar I could look the other way. After gambling drinking and drugging away the welfare check they have to sell drugs rob innocent people and prostitute themselves to get the money for more of the same and food

    • http://Yahoo Joel

      It’s not the 1 dollar. It’s the sodas, cinnamon rolls, bs, that are bought with food stamps. If a person spends 1 dollar on a scratch off or lottery ticket, they spend more and more, hoping for that win, which doesn’t for the most part happen. The principle of government workers getting government money is the dumbest thing I ever heard. They are employees, not welfare recipients. Although that might be open for debate. Welfare is welfare. It is meant for a specific purpose. If you get it, don’t spend other money on BS, instead of food, rent, clothing, gas.

  • Kristina

    I live in NC and this is ridiculous. First of all, this proposal is discriminatory against poor people. But more importantly, the NC legislative idiots won’t make the decisions necessary to bring viable employment to this state so hat poor people have the opportunity to get off welfare. Note there is no mention of how to eliminate the need for welfare in the proposals. NC legislature does NOT care about poor people — we are in the top 5 for unemployment in the US. It is just concerned with taking away even more rights.

    • ChubbyChuck

      Welfare: “living the American Dream without having to work for it”. As long as this version of the American Dream exists there will be racism. You reap what you sow.

  • Latanya

    YOU PEOPLE ARE HILARIOUS…I HAVE TO GO..BE BLESSED EVERYONE.

  • sharon williams

    O.K. Carolina thinking this Ban will stop people from playing the lotto. So the casinos are next and beating on sports games, playing bingo for people on welfare is next on the most imporant list to do for Carolina. so they are going to tattoo welfare on their faces since it’s not placed on your drivers licenses next to the organ donors spot to print “I get welfare”..Lol

  • Furr

    I think that even a small amount of welfare should be allowed for some form of entertainment. Some type of tickets cost only about $.50.
    with a possibility of helping if they should win. I wouldn’t recommend overdoing it.

  • Karjo

    I thought this was a free country. Just about the time we start taking away others freedoms is the time everyone is in trouble. Hey, I might not like what you do with your money, but I don’t have the right to tell you how to spend it (drugs, cigarettes, alcohol). And by the way, there is a time limit on how long you can receive welfare cash (3 yrs.) and it isn’t enough to live on (about $300.00 a mon.) and food stamps is about $24.00 a mon. for one person and no medical card for adults not pregnant or disabled. I work with the disabled in my community and have for years, not many play the lottery often, those who do usually do it as a group and only at special times. As you can see people on welfare must have another source of income, hence the phrase, “Ohio works first”. If you don’t have a job, they find you one to work off your welfare cash….so NO one is getting a free hand out. I’ve seen the look on some of these people’s faces when they have won five dollars on a scratch-off ticket (I give these out to them at Christmas as gifts) you would think they won the jackpot. That’s what I love about being American….BEING FREE TO DO AS I PLEASE! I bet you like your freedoms, too.

  • Jacqueline

    So, if I give someone $5.00 for their birthday (who is on welfare) and they choose to spend it on a lottery ticket, they cannot collect the prize? How stupid North Carolina is…I know, I was stationed at Fort Bragg in the ’80s…I NEVER want to live there again…it is a very prejudiced place, especially Fayetteville…in the mag “Apartment Finders” you rarely see the rental price of an apartment because the rent depends on the color of your skin…here in Georgia, the same mag “Apartment Finders” lists the rental price of every apartment listed…North Carolina has some serious racial problem. Oh, I’m sorry…North Carolina STILL has some serious racial problems.

    • joe bloe

      No Jacqueline, certain states have real estate laws that (VOTERS INTO PLACE) that prevent real etate listings from including information such as ‘square footage, acreage, price, etc.” — in an attempt to protect BUYERS/RENTERS from being misled by those descriptions — albeit at a loss of providing meaningful ways to list property other than the address….When you make comments about racial ignorance, try not to perpetuate it with your own.

  • John

    This is just another waste of the tax dollars trying to pass a law that is going to cost more to enforce, if it is even possible to enforce it. People will find a way to spend their money on lottery tickets. Whether it is going to a neighboring state, having someone else buy the tickets for them, or finding a place to sell them the tickets in spite of the law. This is just another way the government is overstepping its bounds by trying to control what people spend their money on. Next on the lawmakers’ agenda, telling people they cannot buy certain foods with their government assistance… oh wait, didn’t some idiot already try that? This is the LAND OF THE FREE people! Let’s not forget that!!!!!!

  • John

    Just pass a law saying Welfare recipients aren’t allowed to play the lottery. If they do, and they win, they will not be allowed to keep the winnings. If they win (and have a friend cash it in), they get charged with fraud.

  • billy bob

    If I am not on welfare, and I win the lottery. who gets the tax from my winning? the State get it even though the state did not help me purchase it. Why?

  • alanna

    This is bullshit, some people are trying to make it in the world. Why even have the lottery if people on assistance can’t buy, we buy them to hopefully win the lottery so we can get off the tax payers money!

  • Ben

    Many families of enlisted military personnel require government assistance – food stamps, WIC, etc. – in order to make ends meet. They’re clearly working for a living. North Carolina has a pretty substantial military presence compared to other states. This law would prevent them from playing the lottery. Do those who favor this law think that’s okay? I don’t. Furthermore, does anyone else see the irony of preventing those going through bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets? Yes, the chances of winning are miniscule. But still… if they win, they’re out of bankruptcy and not likely to be on government assistance! If a law were written to prevent a lottery winner from collecting government assistance, I’d be more inclined to support it. This current proposal, however, is just asinine.

    • Ben

      And if they’re playing the lottery, aren’t they contributing toward the state’s educational expenses anyway?

  • Dave

    How is the lottery a NECESSITY people. Can you survive with out it. What would you prefer food or the lotto? Only idiots would buy the lotto over food! These people should be drug tested then you would be changing your minds.

  • Nicole

    IF THEY BLOCK PPL FROM PLAYING THE LOTTERY BECAUSE OF HARDSHIP AND ENDING UP ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE……I EXPECT THERE WILL BE PPL LAWYERING UP AND START SUING THE STATE OF NC. CITY OF RALEIGH NC. THE NC. EDUCATION LOTTERY AND THE GOP CAUSE THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN RACISM TARGETING PPL OF COLOR AND MINORITIES AND THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS AND I CANT BLAME THEM…..CALL YOUR SENATOR KAY HAGAN AND CONGRESSMAN MEL WATT.

    • Moe

      Sounds like an idiot that thinks people who cannot feed themselves have a right to use MY MONEY to gamble with. Yes, it is my money because I work and pay taxes. You want to play the lottery, stop collecting welfare.

  • Dave

    Is it racism to tell you to spend your welfare money on food rather than the lotto?

    • bob

      This is racism! What’d next sit on back of the bus if your on welfare????

  • Moe

    Its about time the gov’t gets involved on freeloaders with more frills than I can afford. I love seeing people with Gucci bags, driving brand new Lexus, talking on an iPhone with a $1000 a year contract using welfare cards in grocery lines. If you need assistance, you do not need to gamble. Put food on the table for you 9 kids from 9 dads.

    • GDSmithTX

      Moe, you DON’T see those people. You know why? They don’t exist, just like Reagan’s “welfare queen from Chicago.”

      Stop lying.

  • Dave

    You guys must have been alright then when that lady won one million dollars from Minnesota from the lottery and was still collecting a welfare check. Totally understand if you need gov’t assistance but do you think the gov’t should pay you to play lotto games? If you won the money chances are you would still want to get money from the gov’t too!

    • http://yahoonews john m h

      the right thing to do is report what u won so you can pay the system back or make a phone call and be removed from assistance

  • Bill

    Better yet, if someone on welfare wins the lottery, they pay back all their benefits they have received, with the maximum payback being the total of their lottery winnings. Sounds reasonable to me!

    • milootoole

      Bill-

      Almost, you left out that the rest of their wealth should be taken and distributed to every food stamp ecipient so they can buy lottery tickets with it. That would be fitting.

      • confused

        So let me understand this…..let a welfare recipient win the lotto and take it all away?

        While i agree with paying received monies back, and i disagree with squandering welfare money on lotto, wouldnt taking it all away just put them back into a situation to collect again?

  • http://www.benefits.gov/ nobubba

    use folks is just to hard on us poor folk … we just given back what Obama blessed us widt.

  • milootoole

    Two tickets, $2. One less loaf of bread on the table for the kids. Use some more to buy booze, even fewer loaves of bread. Good policies. Let them spend their way into deeper poverty.

  • MaxDS

    I understand not being able to use a Food Stamp Card (EBT) to buy booze and no Debit Cards can be used to buy Lottery tickets but to say anyone on Wellfare would not be allowed to buy a Lottery ticket is borderline discrimination. Last I checked, it was not illegal to bet your whole life savings or even your house on your next hand in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Yes, it’s stubid to make such a risk but you have the Right to do it. If someone wants to spend a couple dollers on a ticket or 2, I don’t see a problem. If they want to spend every dime they have, that will be their problem. I look at the Lottery like X-Factor or American Idol. It is a chance for someone (though, with talent), to finally get a break, they just have to get lucker thane the next person, but they have that chance. The ban will remove that chance to do better in their life away. Last I saw, we were allowed to make good and bad choices in our lives, here in the US. Allow us to keep that freedom.

    • Ivan

      Not if you live in N.Y.C. Mayor Blooming(idot)berg says you can’t own a handgun, have salt on your food in a restaurant or order a soda bigger than 16 oz. (But you can bet his body guard is well armed and drinks anything they want.)

      So, since people seem to love this nanny state so much (they voted for this idiot THREE times, with the 3rd term taking a special legal exemption on his part) then they deserve somebody telling them what they can and cannot spend our tax payer dollars on. First time we catch you using our tax dollars to buy a lottery ticket you lose your free ride, period. Go get a f*****g job like the rest of us.

    • susie

      The difference is the freakin welfare money they are spending is my tax dollars.

    • http://Tothecontrary sgl3213

      Quite Right… Take your entire welfare check that you can obtain in the form of ‘cash’ and bet it on the tables… or lottery. It is your right, but then you don’t really need to eat or pay for heat, nor are you responsible to provide for your kid’s needs either, so don’t commence to cryin’ when you’re out on the street, or living in a refrigerator box, lost your kids, blacklisted so you cannot get emergency funds anymore etc. Sure, it’s your Right to Gamble as long as you are paying your own way and not relying on the collective efforts of society as a whole to take care of you and yours. People may believe that I know nothing about being on assistance or food stamps. To the contrary, I was crushed 13 years ago in an accident at work and there was no ‘workers compensation’ allowance for my specific set of injuries, so I am in fact quite familiar with the process, requirements, and its purposes. I’ve been in a wheelchair since that day. Fortunately I worked long enough to be able to get disability but not even for half a career lifetime so it is minimal, little more than the maximum SSI gifts (SSI is not earned, nor a benefit or right) but rather a gift of necessity or an attempt to take care of our own for those who have not been able to pay in through working. Again, up until very recently, I have had to avail assistance as I and my family has been homeless for the last 3 years because of job losses. I’ve been supporting a “degreed professional” upper-class income, 16 years’ experience, spouse who lost their job and exhausted the full 99 weeks of unemployment compensation plus extensions and an additional 100 weeks. At the maximum amount my spouse collected 1/5 of the normal monthly income. I’ve been supporting a “degreed professional” upper-class income, 16 years’ experience, spouse who lost their job and exhausted the full 99 weeks of unemployment compensation plus extensions and an additional 100 weeks. At the maximum amount my spouse collected 1/5 of the normal monthly income. The total Sure, it would have been nice to “try my luck, spend a buck” to become a millionaire, problem is… I didn’t have billions of those –lucky- bucks to throw on the fire for heat in freezing, winter temperatures, let alone the table in the attempt to guarantee that I would have the one set of numbers that matched. My goodness, what is with people who think they are going to become a millionaire after spending only $2. Must be because they spent $2 at a time and cannot not add up how many two-dollarses (misspelling intentional) were spent in total before getting a winning ticket. Perhaps they should spend a cold winter outdoors for months and see if they can wake up their brain. As far as suddenly becoming a millionaire, here are a few statistics to chew on: You are 450,000 to 3,000,000 times more likely to die in an asteroid collision in the year 2029 than to win the lottery. These are in fact the odds according to a report at space.com. One would need to buy over 8,000,000 different tickets to have half a chance. If you have that kind of money lying around, how the heck are you eligible for welfare? Seriously sounds like fraud to me!! It has been my biggest challenge, second only to learning how to re-fashion my life after losing use of my limbs, to manage to have food for my spouse and kids to eat (2 of those 3 years) which used all of my disability; child support; plus food stamps; and low cost prescription co-pays just to feed the kids and 1 1/2 adults (I restricted myself to 3-4 meals a week to stretch the funds, which incidentally, I am still doing that since I can no longer tolerate much food). During that time, there was no mortgage or car payment made, no electric or heat bills to be paid, no internet or cable costs, (good thing for the prepay smartphone I happened to have from years prior) furthermore, it took about 18 months just to save $12 admission apiece if my kids wanted to see a single movie; there was no spare change laying around to buy a Dollar Menu lunch, not even a single kids meal. I picked up pennies laying on the ground that I saw, not a difficult thing to do when you can’t hold your head high any longer being so beaten and worthless, I have yet to figure out how to have a few coins left over after minimum needs were met to wash a load of laundry in a machine, if I even could meet those expenses. There were much more important things to pay for, like car insurance; so my spouse could look for work; gasoline to drive to prospective employers for interviews; a prepay phone to get calls (in my homeless camp) from prospects and apply for those jobs, since most applications are now done online; shampoo, soap, laundry, wood for heat, propane to cook, plastic sheeting to keep rain and snow off of us… Fortunately, 3 months ago my spouse finally found a job. Now, we are in the situation of having to pay back everything in default, anything we borrowed, like the funds to get to my brother’s funeral, job interviews, moving expenses, since the new job is hours & hours away from our home, not to mention the $4 a gallon for gasoline throughout that time, replacing all the furniture and other goods we sold to survive. Our only car, (a used van I purchased with cash from my savings in 2001, with over 200,000 miles on it) we had for wheelchair transport was totaled out when entrusted to a towing company taking it to a repair shop after a flat tire ruined the rims. The value of that van by 2012 was less than $1500 and we had to make that last a year and then had to figure how to get a down payment together to buy a vehicle to get to the new job after no job for over 3 1/2 years. We drove the totaled van for 8 months afterwards, used a lot of duct tape, hose repair tape, super glue, soup cans, clamps, etc. to keep it drivable enough to get to the store for food, interviews, and healthcare, until the whole front end finally fell off, literally, dropped the whole thing in the middle of a 15 hour trip going to my doctor because he would still see me in spite of me not being able to pay my bill (my saving grace that duct tape was!). No, I am not on welfare or any other assistance, now; yes, my spouse is working and making a living, now. I too work when I am able to sit up since I’ve been bedridden now for 4 years after being trapped in a house fire. (However, we are also well over $200,000 in debt (all in default) with nothing to show for it and now we have rent and other living expenses to pay. The majority of the debt is the foreclosed home, which sold 3 weeks after we were turned out for a whopping $21,000, so our misfortune certainly made someone feel like they were winners. But, I do know what is affordable on welfare, how much there is and yes we did have children at home during most of this time frame, if it weren’t for child support they too would have been eating like the parents were… *not*. And so, for those who have no clue how or they could ever monitor and restrict the sale of lottery tickets to recipients, it is possible to set up a database of ID numbers of recipients, purchasing a lottery ticket would simply require an identity card, about the same amount of effort needed to buy a beer, pack of smokes, or vote. We all know that if someone is that sick and desperate for a lottery ticket they will get ‘em black-market and those who do that need some serious counseling, again at the taxpayers’ expense because they believe they have the right to use those funds intended for the health and welfare of a human being, not a ball full of balls. I have yet to see a prescription for a lottery ticket to sustain life or health. I have checked and rechecked the food chart looking for the food group into which the lottery fits, or the vitamins a lottery ticket provides to maintain health. Perhaps, instead of defending your ‘right to gamble with your kids’ necessities of life you should be working, at WhAt eVeR job you can find, do it to the best of your ability, don’t whine and complain about the agreed upon rate of pay, and be learning how to make that money last through your living expenses, childcare, and paying your taxes with the same amount of energy and fervor with which you are defending your right to starve and mistreat your children in exchange for those 1/18,000,000 odds, or some state lotteries 1 in 120,000,00 chance that you believe will be yours after you’ve truly “only spent a buck”. It’s a lot more likely that you will be “legally executed” than win the lottery. In fact, one is roughly 30,000% to 200,000% more likely to die in a legal execution! Get real folks! Spend your fun money on chips and dip and good family fun! It is obvious that lottery money is not really being allocated to enhance the educational system for playing the lottery, look at the lack of reasoning; poor spelling; improper grammar and punctuation; inability to construct a proper sentence; and misdirected logic on how fair and just it is to exchange your child’s health and well-being for a stupid little piece of paper that is not even adequate to wipe yourself with after using the restroom. But, I imagine once you’ve bought those 8 billion tickets, one can always stack enough up to scrape it off?! Just be cautious of paper cuts, I hear they are extremely painful, much more so than gambling with your kids’ quality of life. Golly, I’ve never checked to see if they’re (hmmm, gotta be more environmentally friendly than plastic diapers)! I’ll save that for the next lesson! All this frothing at the bit and whining about how it’s the only entertainment or fun available to you; good investment potential; in the best interests of the children’s’ future; or your right to spend millions of dollars on nearly worthless little scraps of paper with funds you did not earn and again, let someone else foot the bill with more ‘gifts of necessity’, and now it’s an emergency! It must be caused by the “entitlement of the masses” epidemic we have been migrating towards for the last hundred years or so. Or perhaps, that “I deserve a break today” mentality that is going to be the ruin of all humanity. Geesh!

  • Jay

    They can’t do that… it’s class warfare and oppressive to people of all races having to use the public assistance system in one way or another. Well because you’re having a hardship in life right now, you can’t have shit! Where are the jobs you want some of these people to get? Instead of creating laws and bullshit like this why not CREATE JOBS! Don’t get me wrong I work hard and I do not support the career welfare that’s BEEN going on forever, at the same time why are you not SCREAMING at these same officials about the corporate welfare that goes on up in Washington and around your local area!That’s the REAL DRAIN on America! The middle class is the NEW POOR how long before the upper hundred-thousands income earners push to start imposing these rules and regulations, laws limiting you the same as you want them to limit those below your income level.

  • http://yahoonews john m h

    if i was poor i would spend 2.00 on a lottery ticket and pray that my life would change by playing the lottery ,whats wrong with trying to win money with a few bucks and the lottery is for anyone desired to play

  • Dj

    Im still stuck on how you going to know if there on food stamps half of the world is on food stamps or any other asst from the gov THINK FRIST so if the lotto is for edu and schools how does that hurt anybody and for people calling welfare people FREELOADERS watch what you say one day you might be in there shoes if if the poor wins the lotto they wont need asst duh again THINK rich get richer poor get poorer again THINK what do you think the poor going to do there going to take all your money just like you did them….

    • Ivan

      You must be a product of govt. run schools. You are one of those dumb bricks that thinks the lotto money goes to education. Which we can tell by your comments that it certainly does not.

      As far as people “taking” your money, why don’t you try not giving it back to the State that put you on the welfare reservation to begin with? Talk about stealing money from your taxpaying neighbors, will you! Freeloader indeed.

  • frank

    those lawmakes need to be removed, sounds like there only thinking of their misserble lives. throw them out way out.

  • jon birch

    youre missing the point, this money is for people tobe able to LIVE on, not play a game that’s less likely to get you rich than it is to be struck by lightning! the lottery is meant for disposable income, if you have disposable income, you don’t belong on welfare! and i love how people call this racist, since obama got in, thats the universal response to anything certain groups find adversive, it’s just an attempt to lay a guilt trip on a gullible idiot, problem is, this country’s FULL OF ‘EM!

  • Ivan

    The lottery itself should be banned. It’s just another way for lying politicians to line their own pockets while posing as benefactors for “education.” The dirty little secret is, in many cases the lottery money never makes it into any education coffers. It goes into their pet projects instead.

    Anybody who participates in this scam is not only contributing to bad govt. and supporting these wh0ring sacks of dung, but is also dumb as a brick.

  • susie

    Two nights ago, I was at an convenience store getting gas(which I am not sure why it is still over 3.00) and was in line behind an elderly african american woman and a twenty something african amercian man. She paid for a mello yello and doritos with her food stamp card which totalled $2.37, and then proceeded to tie up the line and she and the male bought about 30 dollars worth of lottery tickets (scratch off’s, etc). My blood was just burning considering the fact as a small business owner I am DYING to keep open and this welfare crap is going on like this. I live in NC and would love this ban, and while at it, make females on welfare with more then two kids get put on birth control until they can get off the government freebies. Once I am not paying for the bastard children, then have all the kids you want if you can pay for every penny of their upkeep.

  • PelicanCat

    This is BS! What are they going to do, brand people on welfare so merchants know who they are?! How would the government know a welfare dollar from a dollar from their savings account or one that they earned. It certainly doesn’t make a lot of sense for people to spend money or a lot of money on a lotto ticket but one ticket once or twice a year is not going to hurt. There was a guy recently, not on welfare, but with very little money who spent $16 on lotto tickets and won $500K $550K, $350K minus taxes. Now they are buying a home, bought 2 jeeps, and are opening a business. I personally could not see spending $16 on lotto tickets if I were broke, but maybe a buck to change your luck. So if they don’t allow it as a direct debit, the person could still get cash and buy it. I agree with the NAACP, fix the real issue which is that we need more jobs at a living wage or better in this country so that people do not need welfare.

    • Ed

      People on welfare don’t have savings accounts.

  • Ed

    A person living on welfare and in subsidized housing won $25 million last year and she bought the tickets with her welfare card. After a while welfare caught up to her. She was still collecting welfare after she won.They should have confiscated the whole $25 million as it was bought with taxpayers money.It should be illegal for a store owner to sell tickets to a person with an EBT card. In another store the woman wanted to buy small grape cigars that people put marijuana inside on an EBT card. The store refused to sell to her. The bitch walked out pissed off.She left cursing and talking to herself.

  • Manuel

    I do not see how the government or merchants will be able to control who buys the lottery tickets. I think that if a law is to be passed it should be to entitle the government to a certain percentage of the winnings if it can prove that they were purchased by a person while drawing a government benefit. Subsequently the government can apply those funds to replinish money paid out to all beneficiaries; this will lessen the burdon on the tax payers.

  • scott

    well for one if your getting cash assistance then you told the government “hey i dont make enough money so i need help”. but then your gonna buy tickets with it. thats basically like taking money from someone and winning the lottery with their money. hell if you guys thinks its fair to do that then ill go geet assistance and use ALL of it on lottery tickets. one of them is bound to win. no that is not fair. i work 12 hour days to make money but someone else can use and ebt card to buy tickets and make money that way. SO IF YOU WANNA BUY LOTTERY TICKETS, GET A JOB AND USE YOUR OWN DAMN MONEY.

  • scott

    But see, the funny thing is that guy used his OWN HARD EARNED MONEY. not by sitting on his ass collecting benefits and buying tickets that way.

  • Alethea27

    Many of the above commentators have obviously never needed public assistance at any point in their lives and that’s good, but to look down on anybody who does is, is not so good. I’m on food stamps because I work at minimum wage job and it’s hard to pay my bills and eat too. If lawmakers are going to waste time making silly laws like this than what’s next? If your on food stamps you can’t go to a movie, you can’t eat out, or can’t take a vacation? Representative Stam should be working to improve wages so people so they can get off public assistance. I also pay taxes so maybe I should worry about all those big corporations that get welfare in the form of subsidies.

  • Karjo

    Guess What? People that get food stamp asst. work, too. So….IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY! I have several single parent families that work and get food stamps as clients and they pay taxes, too, just like you, and being poor doesn’t mean they pay less, either. I haven’t seen a lot of lottery playing going on but, working with the poor in my community, I would be looking at drug and alcohol abuse first. After solving those problems maybe we can move on to gambling, but we’re not even close, yet.

  • Banky

    it’s this simple. to you people who are fortunate to have a job and are against people who are going through hard times right now… NO, that is NOT “your” money that is being given to welfare recepients… it is the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S MONEY, stop being stupid and ignorant. And that lottery jackpot, “you didn’t build that!”, remember? if the people on welfare want to spend the whole month’s money on ticket and not pay rent or bills that should be THEIR problem. just remember, welfare recepients ALSO get taxed, ad if it wasn’t shity enough already having to survive on half if what they would earn at a REAL job.

    • ANGRY

      Wow… The level of stupidity in the comment alone. Mad because you have to pay tax on free money (ie: you didn’t work for) and obviously has no clue where the Federal Government gets it’s money (they forceably take it from some of the people). But alas, you are correct, its not my money, its my debt. The federal government spent the money they took from me yesterday year’s ago, its BORROWED money they GIVE you to GAMBLE to create DEBT for the children of tomorrow…

  • http://www.mrtroybrooks.com Troy from Montana

    Maybe a better solution would be to control that type of spending electronically by allocating $10-$25/month towards entertainment spending. It could be worse…like a lot of them used to buy alcohol with the majority of the funds after cashing the subsistence check. Just a terrible situation BUT one that society has created for itself by excluding certain undesirables from the hiring process….FELONS sure they can apply for a job and maybe get one eventually…though the employer will make sure they are the first laid off or worse fired…. So actually you should be grateful that welfare is offered to keep them at home…. where they belong.

  • chris

    I can speak only for myself. And hope that you can understand. I am a single mother of one child. I work everyday and I recieve food and medical benefits through welfare because I qualify. I don’t drink alcohol or use drugs. I don’t buy cigarettes. I pay may bills light, gas, rent..etc. I would love to have better pay and not have the need for assistance. I don’t irresponsibly use the money I have.
    If at the end of the long week I want to buy a dollar lottery ticket with the hopes and dreams of being able to put my daughter through college or even myself. I should have that right. I understand the idea of wanting to educate people financially. Unfortunately, I don’t believe this is the way to go about that.

  • sgl3213

    Consider this… The 3rd of the month is here, there are at least 3 more Fridays to follow before another check comes in. I buy $5 worth of tickets for each drawing every week. Two weeks go by, the ticket total is now $10, another half week another $2 so that’s $12 from that check gone already, plus groceries, rent, insurance all due the beginning of the month. Then on the 18th my light bill comes in, it’s $25-$100 depending on the season added to $200 I’ve paid out for non-food stamp essentials, water bill, car insurance $120, prescription co-pay, doctor co-pay about $50. That’s over $807 thus far and it’s just the middle of the month. Now let’s pay heat, clothing allowance for 2 kids and 1 parent, add another $100 for the Laundromat. Where is the money necessary to pay the portion of childcare which is ones responsibility? Gasoline for the required job search if not working, is another $200-$400 easy every month, especially in rural areas. Where is the money to pay for the kids’ lunches, urgent, non-covered medical expenses, school activities, band-aids, toilet paper, sanitary products, water bill, trash pickup, telephone, rent averaging $400 for low income family housing. That welfare check is not anywhere near enough to cover these basic necessities and still maintain a home and cover those always occurring unexpected expenses. I have been behind the lottery counter come welfare paydays and witnessed many purchasing lottery tickets and two weeks later need to find emergency relief to pay their light or heat bill… which happens on a regular basis. Not to mention the fees you pay to get the money from your account, average $1-2 per withdrawal and many places higher. I have no problem restricting the sale of tickets beyond $5 a month to welfare relief recipients. Working in a state and county having the highest number of welfare recipients, I have seen many kids go hungry or cold far too many times but I sold the parent lottery tickets or I would have lost my job. For several years I received the blank stare and nod when one did not have $6-$10 a month for prescription co-pays but managed to find $50 a month on lottery tickets, not including any instant scratch off cards that may be purchased. But really… $30-$50 a month isn’t bad when you’re going to win millions, but you do have to spend thousands just to get a few hundred in winnings, and that’s only if you’re lucky. Check the odds, I am not being unreasonable or exaggerating. After just one year you’ve spent $480 (about ½ of one welfare check) just on useless little scraps of paper. If those little slips of paper are so important, go buy a pack of a thousand slips on sticky notes for $2.50; they are far more useful and contribute to the benefit of the household. One could contribute to higher education for their child by taking that $480 a year and banking it or buying a CD, after 18 years that’s nearly half of one year tuition, and would actually buy all the required books for all 4 years since the child is already eligible for tuition assistance and grants if their parent is on welfare. Just sayin…

  • sai

    You know. People who seem to be pro “ban everything from welfare users, make their lives suck as much as possible because WE pay for their crap” is ridiculous. First off, ever asked..”why are they on welfare if they work?” I will tell you why. All of you act like you’re so smart but apparently you are all idiots. The reason is this, cost of living rises, minimum wage does not. And “Oh you should have went to college.” Many people do and still can’t get a job because of all the illegals you liberal jerks let come in here to take our jobs so they can then send AMERCIAN money back to MEXICO. As if we as a country, aren’t in enough debt. Also I would like to ad, if welfare users could get paid decent at their jobs then they would be able to get off of foodstamps or maybe just maybe put their kid through college. And the last thing I would like to say in regards to “go to college” is this, if we all went to college then maybe it would be your future grandchildren or great grandchildren without jobs or low paying jobs and on welfare regardless of education because there are only so many good paying jobs out there and besides, who would be cleaning your sewers, washing your precious cars, serving you that burger? So maybe you should all of you criticizing and condemning the poor you should just shut up, do sufficient research and blame the appropriate culprits. Whom are, if you haven’t understood my rant so far, the government for not making greedy corporate rats raise minimum income and the also the gov. and liberals for letting illegals flood this country by the droves!

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