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Welfare Lottery Ban Proposed By NC Lawmakers

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A welfare lottery ban has been proposed by several North Carolina lawmakers.

The proposed ban would keep welfare recipients and people in bankruptcy from playing the lottery.

According to ABC, the ban would effect more than 1.7 million people in North Carolina who currently use food stamps.

Rep. Paul Stam told the News Record:

“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.”

The idea behind the law has gathered support but some are worried about how the welfare lottery ban would be enforced. In Stam’s legislation, the merchant would be fined if they knowingly sell a ticket to a person on welfare. The NC lawmaker said that merchants wouldn’t be allowed to sell tickets to a customer who is also buying items with food stamps.

Still, some vendors are worried about getting involved with someone’s financial life.

Peace Street Market’s clerk Aref Peroz said:

“I don’t feel comfortable for somebody ask why or your financial things, so it’s not my business.”

The NAACP is also against the welfare lottery ban. Rev. William Barber said that the NAACP has always been against the lottery and that lawmakers should focus on wages instead of new lottery laws.

Barber said:

“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.”

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182 Responses to “Welfare Lottery Ban Proposed By NC Lawmakers”

  1. Tyrone Ellington

    About fucking time! If you can't afford your own food then you should'nt be wasting your money on lottery tickets. Tony you's lame.

  2. Anonymous

    This new law on lottery ban is so stupid. Tell our law maker to stop wasting time on items less important and work on things like helping the poor. Just because someone is on welfare they still might have a dollar or two come their way and choose to wage it on the lottery in hopes to win and if they win they can pay back the welfare systems from the lottery winnings….

  3. Jane Lynch

    How would this be constitutional? How would this be enforced? What would this cost to be enforced? Aren't there other more pressing issues for NC lawmakers to spend their time on, like laws that are useful and could actually pass a vote?

  4. Anonymous

    About f ing time too – we pay for them to play = hope N C passes this law. Get job – and work like all the rest of us.

  5. Susan Leitao Pennacchia

    These lawmakers are not the brightest bulbs on the tree….There is no way this law can be enforced….idiots!

  6. Anonymous

    makes more sense to ban people from alcohol and cigarets, the lotto doesn't hurt them and if they win they would not need food stamps and can pay off their bankruptcy.

  7. Anonymous

    most people on welfare work for min wage at Multi Million dollar Corporations , u still qualify for aid , it's time to raise the min wage so tax payers don't have to supplement their income. without the welfare their employee's could not show up to work clean , fed , and rested, who's responsibility is it?

  8. Anonymous

    The Big Old Fat Cats don't want new money mixing with old money! Lawmakers waste more time than any typical Lazy American any day and I see right through your broken glass houses ;).

  9. Anonymous

    You is right Tyrone – about f ing time. We pay for them to play – get a job – get to work. Let's hope N C passes this. It ain't stupid – welfare recipients have tons of training and education opportunities to train for a good job. They just sit at home and wait for the mail to come bring their free check and stamps.

  10. Anonymous

    I've known it all along: the only people who ever win the lottery are people who don't need the money. Now, they're going to make it a law: if you NEED the money, you don't get to play.

  11. Patricia Kuhn

    The only problem with this is that you can't go around asking people if they're on welfare. AND, some of those people get lottery tickets as gifts (not that I'm on welfare, I have a good job, but, I do get lottery tickets each year for Christmas from my step-father).

  12. Anonymous

    The only people who win the lottery are those who don't need the money. Now, they want to make it a law: if you need the money, you don't get to play. Typical. The rich get richer and the poor get nothing from scraps from the table.

  13. John Betgeorge

    politicians, the biggest welfare recipients – I wonder if they are banned as well.

  14. Anonymous

    Sasha Swonder I bought a ticket for a friend and Yep she won 100.00 and fed her kids! We each are entitled to our opinions ;) Have an awesome day!

  15. Anonymous

    Sasha Swonder I bought a ticket for a friend and Yep she won 100.00 and fed her kids! We each are entitled to our opinions ;) Have an awesome day!

  16. Laurie Todd Lewis

    very torn on this one…that dollar ticket could be the answer to that persons prayers..granted they are getting that dollar from the taxpayers but if they win they will be off welfare…I think it might be government overreach here. we give them money to live but we put restrictions on how to spend it. that sounds like something you would find in a communist country. very scary thought.

  17. Dick Godfrey

    A….. how in the world are you going to enforce it? If they don't buy it with "Food Stamps" they will use "pocket money".
    B….. For some people the "Lottery" is their only source of "Hope"…….

  18. Richey Russell

    Alcohol and drugs should be banned! If you test positive you lose your benifits.

  19. Richey Russell

    Alcohol and drugs should be banned! If you test positive you lose your benifits.

  20. Myra Ahmad

    its their money if they would rather starve or go without toilet paper than that's their call.

  21. Myra Ahmad

    its their money if they would rather starve or go without toilet paper than that's their call.

  22. Myra Ahmad

    its their money if they would rather starve or go without toilet paper than that's their call.

  23. Dan Timbrook

    Oh sure just take away all of their hope for a better life. How much freedom do they want to take away. Heartless people:.. Chris Steinle..Tyrone Ellington..you are just pissed off because Romney lost. Shame on you Tyrone were your people always rich?

  24. Jack Mirage

    Seriously? Who needs to win more? BTW I know of no state that allows food stamps to be used for lottery tickets. And there is no basis for the government to prevent someone in bankruptcy to play. I'm sure the idea of someone spending their last dime – literally – for a pipe dream is a concern for some but that number would be no higher than the number of people who manage to fund an addiction through cheating with food stamps by some scheme. And I doubt anyone would object to the purchasing a single ticket. But as often is with government you just can't regulate common sense. Abuse yes. Sometimes. The wisdom to manage, no.

  25. Anonymous

    Chris Steimle So if I buy a friend a lottery ticket who is to say they can't cash it in? This is ridiculous because I have and she won and we both had our pics taken :( What is wrong with this world?

  26. Susan Jones

    The "lottery" is a game – not a long-term income or retirement plan. The odds of winning are insane. Frankly, the people that "need" it the most are the ones throwing what little money they have away. If you are being supported by the tax-payers then you should NOT be wasting money on such non-sense.

  27. Mrmc Mc

    They should use the money for food not gambling! I worked at a racetrack when I was younger and people would try to bet using food stamps! Their kids will go hungry but they will get their bet in, very twisted people! Care about your KIDS not yourself!

  28. Anonymous

    I like your comment very much. Real people care about the poor and how they feel! They are people who have been through more than the typical American Brat!

  29. Olivia Patino

    what if they found a dollar on the street and bought the ticket??? I think this whole thing is dumb and another way to keep people opressed and down. Law makers need to use their time solving real problems our nation is having.

  30. Anonymous

    Now lets get them to do drug tests, for anyone on any government funded programs. What how quickly our deficit turns into surplus with 90% of the people kicked off the government assisted programs.

  31. Gene Hall

    Sounds like a good idea but the fact is, you are wanting the store keeper to be the police, by not selling them a lotto ticket. What to stop them from buying food at one store an paying for lotto tickets at the neighborhood store? To many what if's on this one!

  32. Joshua Feldman

    Should welfare recipients be allowed to buy soda? Or candy? Or should they have cable? What other parts of their lives would you like to run for them? This is why I am against government doing anything, the minute you put your financial life in someone else's hands, they are going to try to tell you how to live. How about CEO's of corporations that get tax breaks? How about farmers who get government subsidies? What about those who work for the government, or live off of Social Security and Medicare? Should we institute rules for them as well, they are all on the gravy train too. Get rid of all these things, and stop trusting even more to the government, and leave people alone to live their own lives. And just to clarify, I don't receive government money in any form.

  33. Susan Jones

    The lottery should not be a person's plan for income, a better life, or retirement. It is a GAME. The odds of winning are absolutely ridiculous.

  34. Phil Semenuk

    Who is going to monitor these folks? This is the most ridiculous bill I've heard about. How are you going to stop them from buying lottery tickets? TOOLS!

  35. Christina Lizzette Derivero

    I don't think the ban makes sense. You cannot buy a lottery ticket with food stamps, so it's not our money they are playing with. Second, if they do play….and WIN, the money owed back based on all the benefits they had EVER received, should be deducted from those winnings before the see a penny. But I can see lawsuits on the rise if lottery sellers are required to ask people if they are on food stamps.

  36. Tory Jackson

    Maybe we should just rob your ass when you win. People just mad right now that America is diverse and headed in the right direction. We don't really need a lotto here in Atlanta we have Hip Hop and Entrepreneurship. I wish people who live under rocks would stay there. FUCK ALL YALL HATERS ON OBAMA WE STILL RIDE BUGATTI BITCH!

  37. Anonymous

    it would be imposible to ban scratch tickets but big state lotteries….powerball…ect wouldn't have to pay if person is on welfare.

  38. Faye Preswick

    not good. dumb stupid law. too costly to enforce and no fair to people who may win. also, if they do win they can pay back welfare wages or food stamps they received. can't possibly expect a merchant to control lottery ticket sales. dumb idea.

  39. Kevin Roberts

    To anyone who supports this ban- You should be ashamed of yourselves! This is nothing but predjudicey! You biased, pathetic people! Your mad because you pay so much in your taxes to help people in need, so you want this to punish them. It's NOBODIES dam buisiness who buys lottery tickets. If somone wants to buy a $2 ticket to try to win Millions, It's none of your buisiness! Hell, they are the ones who need the winnings more. This completely violates our American Rights. If you let this happen in N.C., I don't want nothing to do with you. I'll be ashamed that your part of the same country as me! I can't believe this is even proposed! I want to know exactly who in Government agrees with this, I want a list so I can know who "NOT" to vote for if they ever run for something else. I'll definetly be leting people know just what kind of pathetic, selfish, and egotistical scum agrees with this! IF this passes, I vote to ban Upper Class and Upper Middle Class from being able to play Lotto too! They don't need it so they shouldn't be able to play either. Doesn't feel so good when someone punishes you for something that's no ones buisiness does it!

  40. Emanuel Dozier

    Why not let them in it. they would not be on food stamps anymore. they need to enforce laws on food stamps, because it is getting ridiculous how people depend on that stuff. I worked at a the dollar store and kids would come in and use food tamps on cheap candy bars. I'm like really? So they need to really focus on regulating the food stamp laws. If your not trying to get a job then you don't deserve to have food stamps. I understand poor people who are trying to work and struggling, but people who sit around doing nothing living off of food stamps, disability, and unemployment, needs to help society by trying to work instead of doing nothing and hurting it. It annoys the hell out of me.Also, the people who control all the resource money needs to share it like it's suppose to be shared, instead of giving it to a certain group of people all the time.

  41. Megan Poirot

    This is just one more way to keep people on welfare. Granted the odds are slim that they would win but they should have a chance like everyone else. If you haven't noticed state agencies make it very hard to become self sufficient and get to a place where you won't need any assistance anymore. Take school for example. There is no help for mothers who want to go to school, at least in NY anyway. I would think they would WANT people to go to college so they can get out of the system.

  42. Mrmc Mc

    You are right Tyrone! If more people thought like you and fed their kids the world would be a better place! And if you really think you are all going to win how do you figure the lottery makes money…..

  43. Anonymous

    But the problem is you cant give someone money and then tell them what they can use it for. alot of people on food stamps are hard working americans that just don't make a decent enough wage to support the constantly raising cost of living. Then some are just worthless baby factories. the whole system needs to be revamped to make a ridiculous law that you would never be able to enforce lets try to focus on real issues here.

  44. Michael Kennedy

    I agree with the premise…. If you are on Welfare, you shouldn't be playing the lottery.

    But something like this is next to impossible to enforce, there would be countless loopholes around it, and it's extremely discriminatory….. A better solution would be to recoup Welfare paid to someone if they hit a jackpot.

  45. Vanity Kapowski

    I'd love to know how they're going to enforce this one. North Carolina has some of the most ass-backwards laws. I can't move out of this awful state fast enough.

  46. Anonymous

    Silly proposal. Like trying to chop down a Redwood using a fork. Put more limits on welfare; such as number of years, age. Require a working welfare person when possible. No additional welfare for mothers who continue to reproduce while on welfare. Better needs assessment. If someone is spending that much money on lottery, they have a gambling problem not a welfare problem. Those people will be losers no matter what you do.

  47. Bryson Wilson

    i think this is infringing on peoples rights here its their choice.it's not our place to judge people all you people talking bout how they need to get a job pvdguy1,tyrone ellington,chris steimle,sasha swoder, you should never think your above anyone you could fall on hard times just as these people and you might need help and i noticed a couple of you are at community colleges talking about someone how hypocritical when your depending on the government for financial aid.

  48. De L Ante Aziz

    This is pretty stupid. There go Americans being so simple-minded and narrowminded. Not everyone on welfare who plays lottery is wasting money. Not everyone on welfare wants to STAY ON WELFARE MAYBE THEY PLAY A TICKET OCCASSIONALLY TO BE ABLE TO GET THE FUCK OFF OF WELFARE EVENTUALLY. By trying to ban them from a free right to playing lottery is stupid and is only a means to KEEP them on Welfare forever! WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ANOTHER PERSON WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN'T DO? DON'T PASS THIS STUPID LAW! IF YOU WANNA MAKE A LAW, BAN SMOKING! RIDICULOUS, HUH?

  49. Richey Russell

    Also if you are on welfare, you should only be allowed to have 1 child. If you can't take care of one why are you allowed to keep reproducing.

  50. Olivia Patino

    That my friends is what I consider BIG GOVERNMENT. A government that tries to micro- manage the people not one that thinks that being able to see a doctor is a right not a privilege.

  51. Kathryn Carabello Hinrichs

    You better hope you're never in a bad situation. It can hit just about anyone. And there aren't enough jobs to go aroundA

  52. Brionna Moore

    This reminds me of a teacher I had once. She said I wasn't aloud to buy a piece of candy from the students store because I was on free lunch. Just because you need help with something does not mean you should not be allowed to spend a dollar or two on a lottery ticket. This is stupid!

  53. Mrmc Mc

    The rich don't play the lottery that is why the are rich!!!! The lottery is a tax on the poor Please understand that……

  54. John Will

    What if you qualify for food stamps because you work for a company that pays minimum wage and you still qualify for help? Maybe there should be a law that companies have to pay a living wage.

  55. Brandon Johnson

    stupidest law these idiots made yet. stay the fuk outta peoples business, Half you people saying you support these people on welfare don't pay Income tax. Remember 47% of you don't pay income tax.

  56. Ben Mcentire

    actually the hope of a better life would come from hard work and dedication to change, the lottery, it is statistically not possible to rely on this for hope and change…. although I do not agree with banning things for people, just means more government red tape… however I think it be mandatory that welfare recipients attend financial classes, and be required to look for work…. but banning Lottery from them is just not a good idea …

  57. Tory Jackson

    We should all take a strong look at this and rage against the machine. For my young sisters live life and think before you get pregnant and put the father on child support. Now you nor him can survive in this new world. They want us to fall and become the everyday face of crime. I refuse to even care about this article because it only affects 1 in 1,000,000. I rather raise my kids to become Entrepreneurs.

  58. Robert Loberger

    Slowly but surely the government is telling US what we can NOT do! They are taking away our RIGHTS…. CHIPPING away at people here in the USA..I recall my grandfather, when I was a child, saying: "The Russianse will somebay be free and we the USA will be DICTATED to. And here is another example of "legislatures" dictating to personnel of a certain class. WHY not exclude the rich for they do not need..Think about it you NC Legislators…..Robert here in Green Bay……

  59. Brandon Johnson

    Chris Steimle I doubt you even pay income tax. 47% of americans don't pay. You are probaly eligible for food stamps. A family of 5 making 30,000 a year is below poverty. So stop acting like people who work don't receive foodstamps. Have fun spending your income tax refund LIAR.

  60. Natalia Mirksyaya

    Its about time, thank you! But do it nationwide! I'm tired of those leeches living large (yes, some ARE living large) on my dime. I have seen too many welfare recepients drive nice cars, wear nice clothes, etc because they are selling their foodstamps.

  61. Aimee Bowyer

    I bet 80% of the people who support this ban are people who also think that the government should stay out of our lives. Hypocrites much?

  62. Sherri Kowalski

    There are a lot of families out there working full time jobs for minimum hourly wages, but still receive supplemental food stamps or cash assistance. So, you're going to punish them for working but collecting a measly $50 in food aid per month. This is as stupid as it gets. Oh and I guess I could always walk into the store and buy my friend a ticket.

  63. Darryl Nelson

    What's next? If you're on welfare you can't own a car, have a phone, TV, micro-wave. Or better yet you can't have children. Yes no children, that's the "ticket". Pun intended.

  64. Natalia Mirksyaya

    newsflash-most welfare recipients are not poor, they are pretty well off. Hence why they don't even look for jobs-why bother, when you can get foodstamps, then sell them, and get even more money.

  65. QG RetailHell

    As someone who was laid off last year and forced to take a job that paid me a quarter of what I originally earned, I'm been fortunate enough not to apply for government aid or unemployment *knock on wood*. However with this troubled economy, hours aren't always stable and companies are forced to cut back so I'm almost at that point where I might have to. Believe me, welfare is the last thing I want to do and I'm scrambling right now to look for another job that will pay me a survival wage but regardless the job market is much more competitive and difficult. I agree that welfare money should not be used on frivilous items like cigarettes, alcohol, and lottery tickets but again the government needs to think of a better system where the money used prevents the recepient of purchasing items that beneficial for their survival.

  66. Natalia Mirksyaya

    so, if you are not on welfare, you gotta be rich? I work hard, but I'm not rich-I have enough, and I have too much pride to be a govt leech.

  67. De L Ante Aziz

    This is pretty stupid. There go Americans being so simple-minded and narrowminded. Not everyone on welfare who plays lottery is wasting money. Not everyone on welfare wants to STAY ON WELFARE MAYBE THEY PLAY A TICKET OCCASSIONALLY TO BE ABLE TO GET THE F*** OFF OF WELFARE EVENTUALLY. By trying to ban them from a free right to playing lottery is stupid and is only a means to KEEP them on Welfare forever! WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ANOTHER PERSON WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN'T DO? DON'T PASS THIS STUPID LAW! IF YOU WANNA MAKE A LAW, BAN SMOKING! RIDICULOUS, HUH?

  68. Kevin Roberts

    Chris Steimle -Working people aren't supporting them. The Government is. Besides We all pay in to this fund! That way when we get laid off etc…..it's there for us. So, most people have paid plenty into that fund, so really, they've paid for there own welfare. People like you is the reason we have so many problems! You think that measely little 20 bucks that comes out of your check to help people could buy you the world. Get a grip! You should be honored to help people in need. One day it will be you. If you get laid off and then get help……you would be one of the people you are so pissed at. I bet you would think you paid your dues and it's owed to you, but everyone else doesn't right?! Food Stamps only buy food so it's not that money their wasting. They have to earn the money they buy the ticket with and that means they earn the right to buy whatever they wish. Which also means, It's none of your dam buisiness! This is America, we have rights. If you don't like those rights, you can move somewhere else where they agree with you. That completly violates peoples rights! I can't believe that people like you are so shallow and selfish that you would fight for such a thing! I hope they buy a ticket and win big! That way they don't have to use "your" damn money anymore and can have a 2nd chance at a better life. We've all been there, we have all had help from someone, sometime or another. When you did i bet you wouldn't want them to command your every move when they were helping……So, why should you command theirs.

  69. David Guhin

    How is a retailer supposed to know if someone is in bankruptcy proceedings? And lottery tickets cannot be purchased with an credit card so just make it illegal to use an EBT card as well. If they have cash, then stay out of their business.
    Next they will only allow people who make a certain amount of money to buy tickets, ie: the rich. Good luck with this legislation. Real idiots in public office it seems.

  70. Brandon Johnson

    yes, and all these people saying "MY TAX DOLLARS" get a REFUND on there taxes. SMDH

  71. Robert Loberger

    All politicians,most anyway, have there GLASSES on backwards. Unbeliveable how THEY are CONTROLLING the American people….whether RICH, POOR,etc. Needs to STOP!

  72. Tyrone Ellington

    Actually, I'm in the US ARMY deployed in Afghanistan. Just attending school at the same time. So you're actually depending on me for your protection.

  73. Trisha Long

    i doubt most people on welfare have much money to buy more than a ticket or two..so if they win the big one the good news is they won't need assistance from the state anymore. As far a paying back the assistance they got…that would open a can of worms for anyone who at one time in their lives got help then you find out you have to pay back for the assistance you got. I have worked all my life and paid taxes and i like to think when the day comes i need help i can get it and not having to worry to pay anything back.

  74. Tyrone Ellington

    Bryson Wilson care to rephrase your statement now? Just asking.

  75. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….first….you get money from the government.. they get money from the government and the so call welfare get's 10, 000 dollars per years and you welfare workers get 100,000 dollars per years….10 time what they get per years….and we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it.. we know the white man and the white women will make it sound like something good' but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs to make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years….instead of one person holding that government jobs all of their life's…so the government money will be share more fairly…let the first group work on the government jobs for five years….and then it switches over to the next group….and the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max…..and their and their kids or wife and not get this job less she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait for 10 years to run or get a government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OF GOVERNMENT MONEY TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…

  76. Rob Singer

    I can crack her head…and every white boy have put the word out on me this negro right here….o god…..you be afraid and every time you see him you tell everybody you are around…this negro o god…when all I am I a professional oral sex educator…and I only talk to blacks…

  77. D Lorrie Turner

    Damn…this is Sooo Dumb! I work, but daggg, can they at lease have, a dollar and dream!

  78. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….first….you get money from the government.. they get money from the government and the so call welfare get's 10, 000 dollars per years and you welfare workers get 100,000 dollars per years….10 time what they get per years….and we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it.. we know the white man and the white women will make it sound like something good' but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs to make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years….instead of one person holding that government jobs all of their life's…so the government money will be share more fairly…let the first group work on the government jobs for five years….and then it switches over to the next group….and the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max…..and their and their kids or wife and not get this job less she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait for 10 years to run or get a government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OF GOVERNMENT MONEY TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…

  79. Tasha Morris

    Chris Steimle You can have a job and still qualify for foodstamps.

  80. Lynn Dillon

    Many people who get food stamps do work. Unfortunitally they get paid minimum wage which is not enough to support a single person let alone a family, so they get food stamps. What's the difference if they buy a $1 lottery ticket or anything else you can purchase with a dollar? It's their earned money. You cannot buy lottery tickets with food stamps people. So what this law suggest is the NC Government wants to control how minimum wage earners spend their earned money and take away a few hours of minimum wage earners dreams of getting rich! Why not make a law saying anyone recieving Social Security and Medicare cannot gamble at casinos or buy lottery tickets.

  81. Anonymous

    some vendors are worried about getting involved with someone’s financial life,Ha. The people living off our Taxes dont care where the money is coming from. People who need it most Tony? are you kidding me? I work full time and go to school full time because Im poor. I don't buy lottery tickets because I need to pay my bills and cant afford to gamble with my money, but Welfare recipients can? This law should be passed now! along with drug testing for all foodstamp and welfare recipients. These people are not victims, they choose to live this way. The Jobs are there, but dysfunctional , lazy people are unemployable. Most jobs require work. Make them spend their own money if they want to gamble.

  82. Brandon Johnson

    Get out of this bubble your living in. How can someone change there financial situation? They can't. Everyone don't have parents who will guide them down the right path and make sure they finish school and go to college. How do you expect someone receiving welfare (that is probably working a minimum wage job) to get training and go to school without working?

  83. Taurica A Davis

    This is ignorance at it's best… Or worse! Why would you try to impose a ban on someone playing the lottery because they receive some kind of assistance? How would you enforce it? It is illegal to discriminate against folks, for every way in which a retailer would try to enforce this idiocy. And the super truth, which most people refuse to acknowledge is that there are more non minorities receiving aid than there are minorities… But the minorities are the ones who would get targeted.

    What should be done instead, is make stipulations that if you're receiving aid and win, you must pay back a percentage of the aid you were given, commiserate with the amount you win. That could be a contract that the receiver must sign when they are registering to get aid, and does not require a whole law be enacted.

  84. Anonymous

    People buy lottery tickets in hopes of living well and not having to utilize government assistance! Times are getting hard for EVERYONE y'all! Why deny those who are already down to try for the winnings? We are all Americans and everyone needs to be treated as such instead of being looked upon as deviants or slouchers! Catch 22: You don't want to continue to take care of recipients of welfare, yet you all deny them a chance to get off, and a chance at the lottery would surely do the trick! I assure all of you who are in agreement of this lottery ban…it will never pass! Too many discriminating factors against the 'American way' to consider it, and our so-called law-enforcers are just too lazy to modify those factors. So don't worry North Carolina!

  85. Heather Bayliss

    I work a full time job, go to school full time and I am a mother who receives food stamps. I do not play the lottery on a weekly basis, however, I do from time to time purchase a lottery ticket in hopes that I could be that lucky winner. So because I am on food stamps you are going to deny my right to purchase an $1.00 lottery ticket, that could possible be my lucky ticket that could make my family prosper. Not every person on food stamps is happy to be living off the government is some way. Nor does everyone receiving FS just sit around and wait for their money to come in. Life is difficult and we have to understand not everyone is in the same situation. I pay taxes just like everyone else why should I be treated so differently. If we are all Americans as we say we are, we should be understanding of what it means to be free with human rights! THis is nonsense and I can not believe this is even a topic at hand.

  86. Brandon Johnson

    Most people who are on welfare do have a job. You know who Walmarts insurance provider is? Welfare medicaid.

  87. Kevin Roberts

    Natalia Mirksyaya – I can't believe you think that! Thats not the case. Truth is some people get alot and some get none. I knew a family of 5 who the father worked hard all his life. He got laid off, ran out of his unemployment, and couldn't get another job. He looked everyday, putting in applications over and over and over. He had to get on foodstamps to feed his wife and 3 kids. They got 150 foodstamps a month! thats it! There was another, This lady had no kids and wasn't disabled. She ended up geting 800bucks in food stamps a month! Explain that! So ofcourse, she would sell some of hers for 50 cents on the dollar to make enough to pay her rent. It's not like these people are living it up in a mansion driving their Ferrari! Get Real! The family of 5 suffered. I hope you think of them when you talk so much trash about people and their welfare you want taken away! It's not right for some people to get so many but it's not her fault, The system is to blame. I don't condone what the lady did but people are gonna do what they have to, to survive! It should of been backwards! Don't punish the needy because of a few who rape the system. Think about what your trieing to do!

  88. Eldon Hoke

    what if mom or grandma buy them for them? you cant police what people purchase.. this will never fly because yuou can never prove someone used the welfare money for lottery.. they can say they found the cash on the ground and you can't prove they didn't.. why do we waste our time with this kinda crap? what's next no steak for food stamp recipients? only hamburger helper?

  89. Wesley Alexander

    How about raising the minimum wage? Maybe you would have less people on welfare and no one needing foodstamps….

  90. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….this is the first question….the people that work on tax dollars jobs get money from the government.. and the people who are not working at the time get money from the government and they so call welfare is 10, 000 dollars per years and welfare workers or government workers get 100,000 dollars per years or more this is 10 time what they get per years….we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it will make it sound good just to stop talking about how these clown are robbing the government and blaming people who get basic… but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs to make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years….instead of one person holding that government jobs all of their life's…let the government money be share more fairly…let the first group work on the government jobs for five years… then it switches over to the next group…. the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now! term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max….. their their kids or wife can not get this job unless she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait 10 years to run for any office or get any government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OFF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE GET THEM ALL KIND OF CAR'S WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY OR WELFARE MONEY WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB AFTER THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO LEGALLY ROB THE WELFARE SYSEM OR GOVERNMENT JOB WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…

  91. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….this is the first question….the people that work on tax dollars jobs get money from the government.. and the people who are not working at the time get money from the government and they so call welfare is 10, 000 dollars per years and welfare workers or government workers get 100,000 dollars per years or more this is 10 time what they get per years….we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it will make it sound good just to stop talking about how these clown are robbing the government and blaming people who get basic… but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs to make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years….instead of one person holding that government jobs all of their life's…let the government money be share more fairly…let the first group work on the government jobs for five years… then it switches over to the next group…. the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now! term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max….. their their kids or wife can not get this job unless she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait 10 years to run for any office or get any government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OFF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE GET THEM ALL KIND OF CAR'S WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY OR WELFARE MONEY WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB AFTER THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO LEGALLY ROB THE WELFARE SYSEM OR GOVERNMENT JOB WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…lets stop everybody that get money from the government…every one!!!!

  92. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….this is the first question….the people that work on tax dollars jobs get money from the government.. and the people who are not working at the time get money from the government and they so call welfare is 10, 000 dollars per years and welfare workers or government workers get 100,000 dollars per years or more this is 10 time what they get per years….we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it will make it sound good just to stop talking about how these clown are robbing the government and blaming people who get basic… but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs to make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years….instead of one person holding that government jobs all of their life's…let the government money be share more fairly…let the first group work on the government jobs for five years… then it switches over to the next group…. the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now! term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max….. their their kids or wife can not get this job unless she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait 10 years to run for any office or get any government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OFF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE GET THEM ALL KIND OF CAR'S WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY OR WELFARE MONEY WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB AFTER THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO LEGALLY ROB THE WELFARE SYSEM OR GOVERNMENT JOB WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…lets stop everybody that get money from the government…every one!

  93. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….this is the first question….the people that work on tax dollars jobs get money from the government.. and the people who are not working at the time get money from the government and they so call welfare is 10, 000 dollars per years and welfare workers or government workers get 100,000 dollars per years or more this is 10 time what they get per years….we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it will make it sound good just to stop talking about how these clown are robbing the government and blaming people who get basic… but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs so they can make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years in their life time….instead of one person holding on to that government jobs all of their life's…let the government money be share more fairly…let one group work on the government jobs for five years… then it switches over to the next group…. the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now! term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max….. their kids or wife can not get this job unless she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait 10 years to run for any office or get any government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OFF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE GET THEM ALL KIND OF CAR'S WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY OR WELFARE MONEY WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB AFTER THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO LEGALLY ROB THE WELFARE SYSEM OR GOVERNMENT JOB WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…lets stop everybody that get money from the government…every one!

  94. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….this is the first question….the people that work on tax dollars jobs get money from the government.. and the people who are not working at the time get money from the government and they so call welfare is 10, 000 dollars per years and welfare workers or government workers get 100,000 dollars per years or more this is 10 time what they get per years….we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it will make it sound good just to stop talking about how these clown are robbing the government and blaming people who get basic… but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs so they can make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years in their life time….instead of one person holding on to that government jobs all of their life's…let the government money be share more fairly…let one group work on the government jobs for five years… then it switches over to the next group…. the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now! term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max….. their kids or wife can not get this job unless she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait 10 years to run for any office or get any government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OFF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE GET THEM ALL KIND OF CAR'S WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY OR WELFARE MONEY WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB AFTER THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO LEGALLY ROB THE WELFARE SYSEM OR GOVERNMENT JOB WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…lets stop everybody that get money from the government…every one!

  95. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….this is the first question….the people that work on tax dollars jobs get money from the government.. and the people who are not working at the time get money from the government and they so call welfare is 10, 000 dollars per years and welfare workers or government workers get 100,000 dollars per years or more this is 10 time what they get per years….we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it will make it sound good just to stop talking about how these clown are robbing the government and blaming people who get basic… but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs so they can make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years in their life time….instead of one person holding on to that government jobs all of their life's…let the government money be share more fairly…let one group work on the government jobs for five years… then it switches over to the next group…. the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now! term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max….. their kids or wife can not get this job unless she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait 10 years to run for any office or get any government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OFF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE GET THEM ALL KIND OF CAR'S WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY OR WELFARE MONEY WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB AFTER THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO LEGALLY ROB THE WELFARE SYSEM OR GOVERNMENT JOB WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…lets stop everybody that get money from the government…every one!

  96. Heather Johnson

    "Still, some vendors are worried about getting involved with someone's financial life."

    If they are using food stamps, paid for with my taxes, then their finances are my business. If you can't afford food, you can't afford a lottery ticket.

  97. Rob Singer

    so lets get this right….tax and welfare…is it the same or is it different….this is the first question….the people that work on tax dollars jobs get money from the government.. and the people who are not working at the time get money from the government and they so call welfare is 10, 000 dollars per years and welfare workers or government workers get 100,000 dollars per years or more this is 10 time what they get per years….we know some welfare workers or government workers what every you want to call it will make it sound good just to stop talking about how these clown are robbing the government and blaming people who get basic… but we have some people that work on government jobs or welfare jobs make 36,000, some make 52,000, some make 68,000 some make more, and more, and more,….let take the welfare out the market and make it to where every one get a chance to work on these government jobs or welfare government jobs so they can make a lot more then the 10,00 dollars a years in their life time….instead of one person holding on to that government jobs all of their life's…let the government money be share more fairly…let one group work on the government jobs for five years… then it switches over to the next group…. the next group…and the next group if it is one….then start back to the first group and so on…..now! term limit for every politician…state and federal…8 years max….. their kids or wife can not get this job unless she have divorce that person if not they will all to wait 10 years to run for any office or get any government job! ok…..how is this for righting laws you greed F.M…..YOU CAN LIVE JUST FINE OFF GOVERNMENT MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS SEND THEM TROUGHT COLLEGE GET THEM ALL KIND OF CAR'S WITH GOVERNMENT MONEY OR WELFARE MONEY WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND GET THEM A GOVERNMENT WELFARE JOB AFTER THEY GET OUT OF COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO LEGALLY ROB THE WELFARE SYSEM OR GOVERNMENT JOB WHAT EVERY YOU WANT TO CALL IT..AND IT OK…MAKE 100,000'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…AND HAVE THE NEVER TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GET THE BASIC…FOODSTAMPS AND A LITTLE WELFARE……WELL YOU HAVE MY PLAN…..LETS ALL SHARE THE TAX DOLLARS SYSTEM…and the blacks will no why you murder dr. martin Luther king… and Malcolm x…lets stop everybody that get money from the government…every one!

  98. Karen Neal

    Does this include corporations who get government assistance welfare too or just poor folks who want a break?
    This country has turned so selfish and evil. Have you ever been on welfare? It is the most humilating process to go through. The watch dogs who implemented this bill have nothing better to do with their time and could use this energy to pass this bill to work on bringing jobs back to the USA, violent crimes, and health care.

  99. Kim LaCapria

    How would you propose that such a proposal be implemented in accordance with our constitutionally protected right against search without a warrant?

    Philosophically it may be your 'business,' but legally, I don't see how any intelligent person can believe this could POSSIBLY fly.

  100. Rob Singer

    yes alcohol and cigarettes ban…I bet they will stop talk now because they all got investment in these type of companies…you will start to fu{c}k with their investment money…money that they get from the government job that they work on

  101. Rob Singer

    yes alcohol and cigarettes ban…I bet they will stop talk now because they all got investment in these type of companies…you will start to fu{c}k with their investment money…money that they get from the government job that they work on.

  102. Heather Johnson

    Then do away with food stamps. Getting free food from a tax-supported government program is also not a right.

  103. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    Just make it so they can't win, period! If they buy and win, their ticket is void! Or deduct ALL the money back that they've received before you pay it out to them. I agree that they shouldn't be buying lottery tickets if they're too poor to buy their own food and pay their own bills. Sorry but there are TONS of people out there abusing the system, and it makes it difficult for some of the people who actually do need the help to get it. I've seen it happen a lot in my community. It's really sad! :O(

  104. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    Not really true. Just because you get a refund doesn't mean you don't pay taxes. It means you overpaid and let the government hold your money too long to use as their own when it could have been invested elsewhere. My husband and I pay in THOUSANDS of $ every year, and it makes me upset that I know people personally who get government aid who don't really need it when my poor grandmother can't even get any help because she owns an acre of land and an old wood frame house that's falling apart. They told her you have to sell your land first, and then what? Be homeless??? In the meantime, there are people at the grocery stores using food stamps that are driving BMW's and talking on I-Phones. It's B.S.!

  105. Anonymous

    It is so sad that most of these people commenting,would appreciate the help from the welfare system,if indeed the need arose in their situations. I am a retired Gov.employee and have seen where most people getting the help actually need it…There is so much SELFISHNESS AND HATE IN THE WORLD.GOD HELP US ALL…

  106. Trisha Strickland

    Tyrone Ellington Why would he need to rephrase his statement?

  107. Heather Johnson

    Then do away with food stamps. Getting free food from a tax-supported government program is not a right but rather a privilege. Buying lottery tickets is also a privilege.

    Just make those on food stamps ineligible to win. If you cannot claim your prize, then you are less likely to buy a ticket in the first place.

  108. Dwight Sullivan

    So you "holier than thou" type folks out there really think – that a person on welfare should't be able to dream – and have a shot a 'life changing' money!!! Welfare assistance doesn't mean you still can't budget clothes, entertainment… a movie every now and then… amusement park with your kids… extra gas for a Road trip. You silly devils are nuts – So, basically you're saying – they should just give up there lives and do nothing but eat their foods while they're on welfare – nothingesle ?!!

    I can understand if the issue was Specifically a person whos buying $50 worth of lottery tickets a week – if this statistic was known – and receiving welfare. Then, that would be abuse – but there's abuse there ofcourse just like in almost anything. That would be another issue. But, just buying a coupe of tickets a week to try your luck – as long as you're budgeting for it,…. then there's NO issue here!

  109. Dwight Sullivan

    So you "holier than thou" type folks out there really think – that a person on welfare should't be able to dream – and have a shot a 'life changing' money!!! Welfare assistance doesn't mean you still can't budget clothes, entertainment… movie every now and then… amusement park with your kids… extra gas for a Road trip. You silly devils are nuts – So, basically you're saying – they should just give up there lives and do nothing but eat their foods while they're on welfare – nothingesle ?!!

    I can understand if the issue was Specifically a person whos buying $50 worth of lottery tickets a week – if this statistic was known – and receiving welfare. Then, that would be abuse – but there's abuse there ofcourse just like in almost anything. That would be another issue. But, just buying a coupe of tickets a week to try your luck – as long as you're budgeting for it,…. then there's NO issue here!

  110. Dwight Sullivan

    So you "holier than thou" type folks out there really think – that a person on welfare should't be able to dream – and have a shot a 'life changing' money! Welfare assistance doesn't mean you still can't budget clothes, entertainment… a movie every now and then… amusement park with your kids… extra gas for a Road trip. You silly devils are nuts – So, basically you're saying – they should just give up there lives and do nothing but eat their foods while they're on welfare – nothingesle?

    I can understand if the issue was Specifically a person who's buying $50 worth of lottery tickets a week – if this statistic was known – and receiving welfare. Then, that would be abuse – but there's abuse there ofcourse just like in almost anything. That would be another issue. But, just buying a coupe of tickets a week to try your luck – as long as you're budgeting for it,…. then there's NO issue here!

  111. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    So here's a real life story for you guys: My aunt and grandmother live together in an old wood frame house that is literally falling apart. They also own an acre of land that the house sits on. My Aunt who had worked at the same company for over 13 years making $9.00 tried to get food stamps when she lost her job. She had NEVER received any type of government assistance, and she was searching for employment everywhere. My grandmother has dementia and can't work any longer. She is in her 80's. The government told them that they had to first sell the land they owned then come back and apply. So my Aunt and grandmother who have both worked their whole lives and paid taxes couldn't get any help at all while there are people I personally know who actually buy groceries using their food stamp card and sell them to get cash to buy alcohol. I saw one lady at the grocery store using her food stamp card while checking out, and when I went out to the parking lot with my groceries, she was getting into a BMW. Tell me why she didn't have to sell that to get those food stamps. I knew people years ago who were getting food stamps (when it wasn't the card) that would sell their food stamps to people for cash. So don't tell me that people do not abuse the system. I believe it is our job as society to help care for the poor, but this whole welfare system needs to be revamped!

  112. Kim LaCapria

    Are you really advocating throwing the baby of hunger assistance out the window because some people with grim and depressing lives spend $2 on a scratch off?

    I can't imagine that anyone would begrudge an impoverished person a likely very small win. Why? Don't poor people deserve discretionary spending? I think this whole proposal is very grinchy.

  113. Anonymous

    Tyrone Ellington You are not protecting anybody in afganistan, your are a hired hit man for the US gov, you live in a morality free bubble. You get paid to kill poor people to further the goals of our elites. When murderers like you say they are defending my freedom in fucking afganistan, makes me want to kill you with my own hands. YOU ARE A PUSSY, FIND REAL WORK ASSHOLE.

  114. Gloria Ann Jenkins

    Amazing! Like these welfare recipients can't figure out a way around the system…lol (there has always been welfare fraud, and I am sure it will continue).

  115. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    So let me get this straight, if you were loaning someone money every week out of your hard earned money to buy groceries then you found out they were taking a vacation that you couldn't afford to take yourself or driving a car you couldn't afford, you wouldn't be pissed? I think that's a lot of people's points here. There are SO many people abusing the system. It's not the government's job to take care of everyone. They are trying to help them. So these people should be trying their hardest to get off government assistance not be complacent living off of it. If the government is paying your bills, then you are a slave to the government. That's the way it works. I'm not saying everyone is abusing the system, but there are so many who are.

  116. Rob Singer

    they get paid tax dollars years after years…then put their son or daughter in place to keep the government coming to the family…this should stop…we should share the government money.

  117. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    Heather, I think the problem is there are many people who do abuse the system. There are also other people who need help and cannot get it. The system needs to be revamped. Let me ask you a question, if you won the lottery, say millions, would you agree it would be fair to pay the government back the money they've paid out to help you so that they could inturn help someone else? :O)

  118. Paul Courmier

    seeing how not too long ago, they accused the lottery of discrimination because they said only poor people played the lotto, I think this is hilarious.

  119. Anonymous

    If only the rich are winning, then this would be a good thing. It would keep the poor from losing money.

  120. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    I do see a lot of hate in the world. I also see a lot of selfishness and greed. Americans need to wake up and realize that even the poor in America are rich compared to the rest of the world. It is sad. However, I don't think that Americans who are fed up with people abusing the system is hate. It's the opposite because those people are taking away from people who actually need help. If I was getting welfare, and the state implemented this policy. I would totally understand. It would be like someone loaning me money to help me feed my children. I wouldn't then be buying lottery tickets or any other type of luxury with that money they were kind enough to lend me . I'm sorry but I don't view this as hate at all. :O)

  121. Donna Edwards

    I don't completely agree with Heather about making food stamp recipients ineligible to claim winnings, but I do think that they should be expected to use their winnings to repay the money the state awarded them, going back two years. I think that closer tabs are being placed on lottery winners to see that they are not receiving assistance, ever since one woman (may she rest in peace) recently won big, continued to receive food stamps, and got in big trouble for failing to let the state know.

  122. Robert Shores

    It's a Great idea.
    All Welfare recipients are in a data base, Make them show ID and swipe the ID.If they are in the system it will automatically deny sale and also send alert to Welfare of the attempt.

  123. Donna Edwards

    Make it a law that everyone must be provided a job so that they can pay their own way. Some folks would love to have a job, but there just aren't enough for everyone.

  124. Donna Edwards

    Make it a law that everyone must be provided a job so that they can pay their own way. Some folks would love to have a job, but there just aren't enough for everyone.

  125. Orlando Mcfee

    You sure have a lot to say on this topic, Not everyone on welfare or get food stamps abuse the system. How much does a lottery ticket cost? one dollar…. There are people that work hard and pay taxes just like you do but they still receive food stamps. What's wrong with them spending a dollar to try their luck? It's their money so they can choose to do whatever they want with it. Should they ban people who are on government assistance from going to a movie, or buying fast food, or maybe from any sort of entertainment? This law will never pass, You can't tell people what they can or can't buy.

  126. Sharon Sig Missel

    I agree. Why take away from people who can least afford it and how on earth would they ever be able to enforce it? I could go in a grocery store in my neighborhood and use food stamps. You can't get lottery at the check out anyway so I could just walk up to customer service after and pay cash for the lottery ticket. Now tell me how those people are going to know that I just used food stamps to buy my groceries OR that I was buying the lottery ticket for my mother at home.

  127. Donna Edwards

    Old lady told me that, fifty years ago, welfare households could not own a car, have a phone or TV. It was thought that if you didn't have a job, you didn't need a car. As far as phones and TVs were concerned, these used to be considered "nonessential" things or even "luxuries."

  128. Sheila Orr

    Patricia Kuhn But if they just bought something with food stamps you already know.

  129. Anonymous

    Tyrone Ellington You are a piece of shit. Defending our freedoms in Afghanistan !? A country full of poor muthafuckas that have never even seen an american in person !? You are a Government paid hit man out shooting poor people to procure goodies for this country's thieving lying elite. You live in a morality free bubble where illegal wars of empire expansion seem like defending freedoms to you. When people like you talk about defending my freedom, it makes me want to kill you with my own two hands. You are a piece of shit who would rather murder poor people for money than compete in the economy your government and this countries wealthy shit on. Then you hate on people with enough morality to not take the Faustian deal you did. Die you piece of shit, I hope you get shot. You are so fucking dumb, I bet you believe in "God" too. YOU ARE A FUCKING JOKE.

  130. Anonymous

    Non essential items such as Lotto, Sodas, Beer, Cigs or any tobacco items should not be allowed for purchase if a person is receiving local, state, or federal assistance monies of any kind. Non of these items are essential to living or working, and should not be paid for by tax payers. Nor should they be allowed to buy at fast food or any other restaraunts either. If your not working then you have plenty of time to stay home and cook.

  131. Anonymous

    Tyrone Ellington You are a piece of shit. Defending our freedoms in Afghanistan !? A country full of poor muthafuckas that have never even seen an american in person !? You are a Government paid hit man out shooting poor people to procure goodies for this country's thieving lying elite. You live in a morality free bubble where illegal wars of empire expansion seem like defending freedoms to you. When people like you talk about defending my freedom, it makes me want to kill you with my own two hands. You are a piece of shit who would rather murder poor people for money than compete in the economy your government and this countries wealthy shit on. Then you hate on people with enough morality to not take the Faustian deal you did. Die you piece of shit, I hope you get shot. You are so fucking dumb, I bet you believe in "God" too. YOU ARE A FUCKING JOKE.

  132. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    I do have a lot to say, and if you refer to my other comments you'll see why. Because there are people out there who need the help and can't get it. There are also out there who are abusing the system, and it really upsets me because I know there are people who need that money to feed their kids and they could care less about the stupid lottery! I think they should change the law so that if a person wins over a certain amount, then they should have to pay the money back that they've received so that that money can be used to help someone else. I think that's fair. :O)

  133. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    If you raise the minimum wage, prices go up, and that hurts everyone not making minimum wage as well as the people who are making it. That's not the solution. :O)

  134. Paul Donovan

    Why not have a maximum payout on these huge lotto prizes and any time it goes over put 1/2 of the extra in a special pool for a drawing that all the people on food stamps are entered into. Cap the prizes for the food stamp entries at $100,000 for each prize. Any time there is $100,000 or more in the pool there is a drawing from the food stamp list for every extra $100,000.
    Maybe this would give the poor a new chance in live and maybe even start new small businesses and grow the economy from the bottom up.

  135. Anonymous

    I agree with the ban. Those on welfare are using money they did not earn. It's money from the tax payers. I they did win a lottery, they should have to pay it back to all the tax payers they are living off. No free rides and no entitlements!

  136. Anonymous

    Patricia Kuhn , Anyone on welfare should not receive lottery winning. They should have to repay all the taxpayers in their state because they have been living of them.

  137. Anonymous

    Anyone being supported on welfare should have to forfeit any and all winnings and pay back the taxpayers they have been living off!

  138. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    That's not true. I pay a ton of taxes and give away a lot of money to the poor, but I still don't think people who are on government assistance should use the money to play the lottery. If they do and they win a certain amount, then they should have to repay the money that they've been given so that that money could go to help someone else out who needs it. I don't understand how that couldn't be fair. It also irritates me that we speak of them as poor when everyone in America is rich compared to most of the rest of the world! So to have "HOPE" as you people speak about is so laughable! Hoping to get rich is true selfishness! Wanting to better oneself is fine, but if that's all they want to do then they should have no problem paying the money back if they win so that it can be used to help someone else. I think the lawmakers in NC should revise the law and propose this change. I also have to say that many people who win the lottery end up broke again so I wouldn't doubt if they ended up worse off than they were before. Back to the selfishness and sense of entitlement of many Americans, a lot of people in our country are so consumed with themselves, they don't even know what the rest of the world is going through, and the sad thing is most of them don't even care to. :O(

  139. Kristy Surrency Soldati

    The federal government provides tons of grants for people to go to college. If you're interested, you should look into it. :O)

  140. Rob Singer

    the same with people who got tax dollars jobs or get taxes from any where…make them paid all there tax they got out of the system back cool

  141. Rob Singer

    the same with people who got tax dollars jobs or get taxes from any where…make them paid all there tax they got out of the system back cool

  142. Heather Bayliss

    Kristy Surrency Soldati, to be honest, yes I would. Those millions of dollars and my knowledge from school & finance I could easily invest my money and continue to live a lavish life, even with what I pay back to the United States. I am an American and want to see everyone live to higher standards. I say this because that person that may need that help could be my neighboor or my best friend, maybe even family. We are all here to help each other in order to be able to ALL have a better life, we have just forgotten that is why we our ancestors became Americans.

  143. Dwight Sullivan

    Again – I just said that – Abuse – That's ANOTHER ISSUE. That's not the exactly the case here. But, that 's Your Case, that's your discourse with people on welfare – but your comment don't even remotely address the comment I just made???!!! Your analogy is weak — a Vacation vs a couple of dollars here and there??!!! "Can't afford??!!" – thought I just mentioned something about "BUDGETTing". Many people on welfare are WORKING POOR… poor people can buget to ya know???!!! Crazy thing is – most certainly if your people were working poor nad received welfare – YOU WOULD MOST LIKELY BY LOTTERY TICKETS AS WELL!!!! It's easy to spew the macho "big man" talk when you doing ok for yourself…. Like that cant change. See you speak out of emotions – and your thought's are weak – and your reasoning is so very flawed.

  144. Anonymous

    The real motivation is money. The government doesn't want to have to payout a lottery claim for a ticket bought with money the govt themselves provided. Talk about Sore losers…the government is sore winners! Have you noticed the govt is the only person, place, or thing, that can lose money being the House in gambling.

  145. Tonya Gildersleeve

    If you need the money why would you waste it on the lottery and not food for yourself or your kids?? that's selfish!! if you have money for that you should not need welfare!!!

  146. Dwight Sullivan

    OK Kristy – I truly understand your point – but please, let me say this….. don't let this cause you to be just as bad … and careless —– don't worry about them people. You stay caring and humble — they will be judged! You becoming uncaring and un-Long suffering will never ever solve ANYTHING – ONLY make it worse…. make you become just as unjust as the people you dis-Like. See, sometimes our rationale – ultimately equates to hate!

  147. Dwight Sullivan

    But, see…. this kind of talk often reveals skeletons in the closet!!! Oh, my holier than thou sister… Natalia. We don't know you…. easily – Talk is cheap!!!

  148. Pete Farmer

    No Dwight, their free time should be spent looking for a J.O.B. Then they can do all those things.