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Welfare recepients and lottery tickets?

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 Have you heard about a bill that the Congress is trying to get passed? They are trying to pass a bill that would ban welfare reciepents from purchasing lottery tickets. They quoted some guy on tv as saying that If the state gives us money to afford the barest of neccessities we shouldn't go out and spend it on unecessary things. What do you think about this bill? and before you ask how would the grocery store know if you are on welfare? If the bill passes the clerk is required to ask you if you are and if you are then they deny the sale! If they are caught selling a ticket to someone on welfare they face a fine of I think $500.

I personally believe that this is a bunch of bull. Simply because my financial status shouldn't matter when I purchase a lottery ticket BUT at the same time I can see where they are coming from. Its like you are being supported by taxpayers so the money you are getting should be used wisely and not on some pipe dream of hoping to win the lottery and strike it rich you know?

What do you say?

by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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victoriahearts
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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I was listening to this debate on the news this morning, and they brought up a point that I wasn't even aware of, apparently there have been cases where people on welfare and food stamp have won a large sum on money from the lottery but still continue to use the programs because  the laws see lottery wins categories as prize or "liquid" assets which are not considered income and therefore they continue to be eligible from these programs. I don't agree that we should ban people on welfare from purchase lottery tickets because as an American they have that freedom and it's there right but I do think we should be spending time rewriting the law so that the people that do win the lottery are no longer eligible to continue to receive government assistance.

SexyDiva19
by Alexis on Jan. 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

 I only have one DS who just turned 8 yrs old. Both of  my jobs are part time one averaging about 24 hours a week and the other about 33-35. Still struggling to get by though. It's crazy.

Quoting breebree04:

 I like the way you think lol thats how I feel too. Im not some pos sitting on my ass collecting PA. I work full-time and pay taxes but just cant make ends meet since Im a single mom with two kids to support so I feel that I am atleast contributing to my own PA

 

Quoting SexyDiva19:

 Yea I am the same way. I'm on PA but not recieving cash assistance.  I guess if they pass the bill they will clarify what type of assistance or maybe it is all types of assistance seeing as that it is all paid for by taxpayers. Crazy to know that I am working 2 jobs and yet still don't make enough to not qualify for PA. I am basically paying for my own PA if you think about it.

Quoting breebree04:

I think this is stupid. I am on pa but dont receive cash so if I were to purchase lottery tickets it would be payed for with money I earn working. Plus if I won the lottery I would be able to get off of pa, assuming I won big. I dont play the lottery though so either way it wont affect me

 

 

 

 

SexyDiva19
by Alexis on Jan. 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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 I've heard of I think 2 cases in which this happened. One man got through a loophole that enabled him to continue recieving food stamps even though he had won like 1 or 2 million. They eventually took him off of foodstamps but he didn't have to repay it.

I think the next year following that case lady on PA had the same situation BUT she knew that it was against the law for her to continue collecting after she won the lottery and she was made to pay that money back.

Quoting victoriahearts:

I was listening to this debate on the news this morning, and they brought up a point that I wasn't even aware of, apparently there have been cases where people on welfare and food stamp have won a large sum on money from the lottery but still continue to use the programs because  the laws see lottery wins categories as prize or "liquid" assets which are not considered income and therefore they continue to be eligible from these programs. I don't agree that we should ban people on welfare from purchase lottery tickets because as an American they have that freedom and it's there right but I do think we should be spending time rewriting the law so that the people that do win the lottery are no longer eligible to continue to receive government assistance.

 

Cenedra64
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM
See in a way here in NC they already sort of do that. If you're receiving daycare assistance you have one hour to pick your kids up after work. To a degree thats controlling how you spend your time. Not allowed to stop to buy food on way home even if its not practical to drive to get kids then go back get groceries.

Quoting conniejo75:

Lottery first and then what? No movies, eating out, no driving anywhere except work due to gas prices, etc etc. My point is you can't dictate where someone spends their money... food stamps is different since those are already specifically for food
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SexyDiva19
by Alexis on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

 Has it always been like this? I've always lived in NC and when my son was younger and I had him in daycare I was using vouchers but I don't remember there  being a time limit for picking him up. He is 8 years old now so maybe I just can't remember it.

Quoting Cenedra64:

See in a way here in NC they already sort of do that. If you're receiving daycare assistance you have one hour to pick your kids up after work. To a degree thats controlling how you spend your time. Not allowed to stop to buy food on way home even if its not practical to drive to get kids then go back get groceries.

Quoting conniejo75:

Lottery first and then what? No movies, eating out, no driving anywhere except work due to gas prices, etc etc. My point is you can't dictate where someone spends their money... food stamps is different since those are already specifically for food

 

yezay
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM
It won't work. They can't prove they're buying them if its with cash and they can just have other people cash them. People on SSI aren't supposed to buy lottery or alcohol and they still do.
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MicahBoo07
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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 Just like u can't buy alcohol with the food stamps so why can't they define what the cash assistance goes towards? If ur getting the cash that goes towards bills and things for u to live on then there shouldn't be any left over for a ticket of any amount.

Cenedra64
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM
My girls are 13 and 15 ...lets see i used daycare when they were in elementary. They didnt call it vouchers and i had a copay. If i remember right i paid $45 or $65 out of pocket a week

Quoting SexyDiva19:

 Has it always been like this? I've always lived in NC and when my son was younger and I had him in daycare I was using vouchers but I don't remember there  being a time limit for picking him up. He is 8 years old now so maybe I just can't remember it.


Quoting Cenedra64:

See in a way here in NC they already sort of do that. If you're receiving daycare assistance you have one hour to pick your kids up after work. To a degree thats controlling how you spend your time. Not allowed to stop to buy food on way home even if its not practical to drive to get kids then go back get groceries.


Quoting conniejo75:

Lottery first and then what? No movies, eating out, no driving anywhere except work due to gas prices, etc etc. My point is you can't dictate where someone spends their money... food stamps is different since those are already specifically for food

 

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ckmom2013
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM

hogwash!

faerie75
by Ruby Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM

 they are a fuckin dollar. stupid. if they win teh lotto, they wont be on welfare anymore.

 

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