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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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Jenn8604
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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Hopefully they drug test them before they give them welfare. and no more beer and cigs for them either to go w no lottery.
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MeeshMom
by Platinum Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Who in congress proposed this one?
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unspecified42
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:48 AM
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If you have money to waste on the lottery, you must not need tax dollars to pay for necessities.
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Caramel824
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM
If you were to win the lottery,the government would take EVERY cent you were allotted EVER and pay the money for foodstamps,Medicaide,housing,daycare,leaving you with maybe a dollar for another scratch off!!!!!!!!and maybe a quarter!!
LifeCafe42
by Nora on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM
I've seen people by food and then in a separate transaction patron with their ATM card. I'm all for government assistance when it's used right.
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theresa1966
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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First I believe they should test for illegal drugs. I am on PA because I receive no child support state says they can't find him. PFF...He is going to court on criminal charges....Second ..If you remember not to long ago..about a woman who won the lottery and never reported to the state and she kept getting help from them. Her reply was I thought they would take away once I won it but, I still got it so I never said anything. So see why the goverment wants to tighten the strings.

conniejo75
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM
So what about the majority that get PA and work? You can not determine which money is used for which transaction. In ca they recently banned the cash aid recipients from getting cash at a casino ATM... but what will stop them from getting cash at a different ATM and going to a casino?
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conniejo75
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Some states had/have a loop hole of lottery winnings not counted as income. But there have been a few cases like this... and I believe most states now include lottery winnings as reportable income.


Quoting theresa1966:

First I believe they should test for illegal drugs. I am on PA because I receive no child support state says they can't find him. PFF...He is going to court on criminal charges....Second ..If you remember not to long ago..about a woman who won the lottery and never reported to the state and she kept getting help from them. Her reply was I thought they would take away once I won it but, I still got it so I never said anything. So see why the goverment wants to tighten the strings.


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SexyDiva19
by Alexis on Jan. 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM

 Yes I do remember that story and if I remember correctly she ended up going to jail or having to pay the PA money back because she knew it was wrong to keep the money and yet still recieved food stamps.Also, drug testing sounds like a good idea but what if someone is using medicinal marijuana for an illness or something or would that be considered an exception?

 I'm PA because I simply can't afford anything otherwise even though I work 2 jobs. With my one job cutting back hours I am really struggling to make it as it is. My ex pays child support whenever he gets ready so I don't depend on that.

Quoting theresa1966:

First I believe they should test for illegal drugs. I am on PA because I receive no child support state says they can't find him. PFF...He is going to court on criminal charges....Second ..If you remember not to long ago..about a woman who won the lottery and never reported to the state and she kept getting help from them. Her reply was I thought they would take away once I won it but, I still got it so I never said anything. So see why the goverment wants to tighten the strings.

 

Mrs.Sells
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

PA is there to help provide the things you need like food, clothes and shelter not the things you want like booze, cigarettes and scratch offs. 

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