(Closed) Lottery Winner Receives… FOOD STAMPS!!

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

That’s pretty disgusting. I love how she still feels entitled to the food stamps because she has two houses and bills to pay. *eye roll*

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Wow ummm given everything we had to go through when my husband was unemployed, that kind of pisses me off.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I just saw this on CNN.  Makes me sick!!!  People like her are part of the reason this country is in shambles!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Some people just take entitlement to a whole new level.

Although it just shows how people do not know how to live within/below their means. So many lottery winners are broke only a few years later because there is no concept of money management and everything is all about instant gratification.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

For her sake, I hope there isn’t a massive backlash.  She’s really putting herself at risk by talking.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I read the article last night.  She bought a house and a car, and claims to have another house.  The state legislature is trying to change the law that the lottery commission would do an asset check before issuing food stamps or something, to try to prevent people like this from tripping the system.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

that makes me sick.sell one of the houses or get rid of it donate it to a womans shelter. you dont need 2 places and a car and still take for tax payers and people who really need it…

 

her money should have gone to bills first, then savings and not buy anything friolous

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

People like this who suddenly win big usually spend the money studpidly and quickly. She’ll probably be back to nothing again soon.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

She should be ashamed of herself. She should also have to pay back the money she receieved in food stamps each month.

Not to mention, if you are on food stamps why are you spending money on lottery tickets?

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

our hard tax dollars at work….

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

It’s stuff like this that I hate the most because it’s a prime example of “one bad apple spoiling the bunch”. The vast, overwhelming majority of people who use public assistance are in need of it and do not abuse the system. But then you get someone like her whose story gets out and just serves to fortify the negative stereotypes and stigmas against EVERYONE who uses food stamps and other programs.

Forget the fact that it’s actually fairly difficult to get public assistance (I tried when I was literally eating once a day in college because I couldn’t afford to spend more than $20 a month on groceries and was denied; I was later kicked off of medicaid because I made *500* dollars more a year than the maximum income – so I spent 9 months inbetween that and qualifying for insurance at my job 100% uninsured), but when you do have and use it people treat you like total scum. And it’s partially to blame on people like this woman!

Argggg.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@KatNYC2011:  Actually, there are reasons beyond “not living within their means” to explain why so many lottery winners who were dirt poor before their win end up back in poverty again. There’s a really good cracked article about the 8 stupid things poor people do that explains it far more eloquently than I can, so you may want to check it out.

I can attest to pretty much everything he says, having lived at or near the poverty line for most of my life. There is a HUGE, overwhelming desire to spend when you suddenly have this money you never had before. I did it for probably the first 3 months I was working before I took a step back and realized I didn’t have to live like I did growing up, paycheck to paycheck. It was like, suddenly I could afford that pair of shoes I’d been putting off for a year or that new ipod I’d desperately dreamed of and wished for while settling with the music in my head – so I bought them when I probably should’ve been saving. I imagine for many, that’s what a sudden windfall is like as well – only you buy even more things without realizing how quickly it’s going to disappear if you don’t save and invest it.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@MissCalifornia:  I’m sorry, but we shouldn’t be making excuses for this woman.  The number one thing you hear when someone wins the lottery is get a lawyer and a financial advisor.  Yeah, she might have only gotten $500,000, but that’s no excuse.  I can’t say I feel sorry for her one bit.  Had I won $500,000, I’d be debt free, could buy a house and a new car AND still have money to invest.  It just goes to show that money doesn’t buy common sense.

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