People on public assistance in North Carolina would be denied a chance to win the lottery jackpot, under a bill being drafted by state lawmakers, the News & Observer reports.
"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," said Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, who is working on the bill.
Stam says he knows the measure would be challenging to enforce. But in obvious cases like when people use food stamps to buy groceries, they shouldn't be allowed to buy lottery tickets at the same time, he said.
Via the News & Observer