North Carolina Proposal Would Ban Welfare Recipients From Buying Lottery Tickets
Good idea?North Carolina lawmakers have drafted legislation that would ban welfare recipients and people in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets in the state, according to several news reports.
The bill draft would punish vendors for selling lottery tickets to someone who they know is on welfare or in bankruptcy, according to ABC 11 in Raleigh. The lawmakers behind it believe it's counterproductive for the government to accept money from welfare recipients who are struggling to get by.
"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," state House Majority Leader Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam (R), who is helping draft the bill, told ABC 11. Stam added that the lottery "is essentially a scam," the news outlet reported. Stam also said that some of the North Carolina lottery advertising is "just fraudulent," according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Some lottery critics claim that the lottery is a tax on the poor, the uneducated, and the elderly, who are more likely to buy lottery tickets. For example, the poorest counties in North Carolina have the highest spending per capita on lottery tickets, according to North Carolina Policy Watch (via Business Insider).
Lottery ticket buyers have almost no chance of winning the jackpot. However, lottery sales around the country have been breaking records.
I don't like it.
Why is up to the store owners to police their customers? That's not their place.
While I have my opinions on what food stamps and welfare money should be used for I don't believe this is the right way to go about it.
Something about this rubs me the wrong way. I DO think that the lottery is basically a scam, but the whole thing reminds me of the "no cupcakes for you, welfare moms" debate we had a few years back. Like being on welfare means that we should begrudge someone every single penny they spend on anything nonessential.
Exactly. We play the lottery now and then. It's fun but I would never spend a huge amount of money on it and some people take it to the extreme.
I personally do not play the lottery. That said, I believe it should either be illegal or offered for everyone. It is not the governments business to tell someone what they can afford and can not afford to do. It must be terrible to be on welfare, if it makes it so you no longer have any rights and so that the government can dictate every aspect of your life. Right down to if you are allowed to be lottery tickets.
I don't understand why this country likes to pick on the poor folk. No cupcakes, no lotto tickets, you can't wear something nice even if it was a gift or you had it before you became poor, people will eye up what's in your cart at the store, etc. Le sigh.
But if they don't play the lottery how will they got off of welfare?
I am completely FOR helping people. I am completely AGAINST people abusing the system.
However, I can not fathom it being the store owner's job to police anyone ... You all know what's gonna happen, don't you? A poor maybe non white person on welfare wanting to buy some lottos will file a lawsuit for discrimination based on something or another for the store owner denying the right to buy something from the store.
omg another WTH is wrong people bill. I think the lawmakers have been smoking some of that wacky legal weed while writing up their fantasy czar and bizarre bills.
Do you think it is impossible to use an EBT card to buy lotto tickets? Store owners want to make money, and they do all sorts of things they should not and that are illegal to turn a buck. My point to the whole quote part was the attitude of a person who uses abuses public support.
I would not have it in me to take public money and yet with my own money buy things like lotto tickets, cigarettes, etc. i do not think that is the right thing to do.