Legislators to ban welfare recipients from buying lottery tickets

Legislators in the NC House have discussed how to draft legislation to ban welfare recipients or those in bankruptcy from purchasing a lottery ticket.  In theory this is a great idea.  The working taxpayer gives a portion of their paycheck which eventually gets turned into food stamps or welfare aid for a majority of people that don’t need it.  The problem lawmakers are facing is how to regulate this and how to allow retailers to know if the person is on welfare or not at the time of purchase.  Rep Skip Stam (R) said, “it would be difficult for store clerks to know which players get help. But Stam suggested that in obvious cases, such as when customers pay for groceries with food stamps, they shouldn’t be allowed to buy lottery tickets at the same time.”


Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

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