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.
THEN DON’T SELL LOTTERY TICKETS TO ANYONE. Get your state out of the goddamn lottery business. Don’t single out poor people and shame them for buying into a scam when you’re the one running the goddamn scam.