Welfare Being Used to Buy Lottery Tickets


From The BLAZE:  A new report by the Maine Center for Public Interest includes some shocking revelations about what some of Maine’s public assistance recipients may be spending taxpayer money on.

“Maine residents on public assistance have spent hundreds of million of dollars on lottery tickets – enough to win $22.4 million in prizes between 2010 and 2014, including eight jackpots worth at least $500,000 each.”

The information was obtained via an open records request to the state Department of Health and Human Services. A memo uncovered by the request showed that the state agency “cross-referenced a list of people who had won a Maine lottery prize of $1,000 or more against a list of people on state benefit programs – food stamps, aid to families and MaineCare.”

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