For billions around the world the lottery presents the only opportunity to change their lives with a tiny amount of cash. While the chances are slim the idea behind the lottery is all about hope and optimism which comes with the purchase of a ticket. In North Carolina, U.S.A. there is controversial legislation being drafted that would ban anyone receiving welfare aid or in bankruptcy from purchasing lottery tickets. According to the reports lottery vendors who sell tickets to welfare recipients or those in bankruptcy would be punished.

This highly explosive legislation is set to cause much debate. Supporters of the proposal claim that people who purchase lottery tickets have just about no chance of winning and in fact translate into a tax on the poor. Critics of the lotto point out that in poorer states in the U.S.A the purchase of lottery tickets is the highest. In fact despite the economic downturn lottery sales are breaking records countrywide.

House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam stated their reasoning behind the legislation,” 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.”

It remains to be seen if this legislation will take effect but the very idea of denying those most in need of a hope and change the opportunity to do so seems unjust and impractical.

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