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Old 03-04-2011, 03:21 PM
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Unless you receive a loan from someone you must by law report all sources of income & that includes lottery & any gambling winnings. You will most likely receive a reduction in food stamps depending on the amount you won. I know in many states (incl ca & ny) if you win the lottery you must pay back your welfare/food stamp earnings. It all depends on your total winnings.

How much did you win ?
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:34 AM
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I think instead of asking do you have to, you should be asking should you. Either way you should. I am sure the people who pay taxes who pay for your food stamps dont like to know that your out gambling. They may not take anything from the amount that you receive, it depends on how much you won. But I guess it depends on you. Is it more important to do the right thing or to screw the government or someone else who currently needs it more than you.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:42 AM
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I have a gal I know that is 60+ and likes to play the slots.

She specifically avoids the casinos during the day or two when the government assistance checks comes out for a reason.

Ditto for the police calls in certain areas around the same time.

My cousin worked in a very disadvantaged area as a teacher and once a month when the checks arrived there would be a rash of domestic assaults, drunk and disorderly, fighting etc etc.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:49 AM
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I agree with Ruger and I hope the IRS gets the IP. Amazing!
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:40 PM
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Default casino winnings while on food stamps

Originally Posted by jmantra View Post
Yes it certainly does depending on how much you won, you can only have a certain amount of money both in your bank accounts and cash on hand
I feel like a low life already so please easy on the comments. In 2011 I won several thousand of dollars at the casino I was a addict compulsive gambler with a bad problem (I was honestly Sick) Any way I had won a small jack pot of 2k dollars at am casino and got hooked I had a bad gambling problem until I found GA. So I have earning statements showing around 29k dollars my losses total way more than my winnings. At this time I was on food stamps single with 2 kids and never reported the winnings because the money I had won I gambled away plus all my other money I had. Now DES wants me to report earnings for the gambling money. Keep in mind its 2013 since I have gotten a job no longer on any kind of assistance I have medical insurance thru my company and make good money Oh yea and best I am recovering gambler I have not been back in over 1.5 years and do not intend to. Here is my question do they want me to pay this back I needed the help at the time even though I won money I lost way more. I am currently dealing with the IRS I owe them $ 1300.00 from 2011 for earned income credit. I believe they are the ones that reported to the state regarding my winnings. I wrote a letter and had my tax person file an amended with the state as well as the IRS. Just would like a few opinions on where I stand the DES office sent me a letter to respond with in 2 weeks or I will be denied benefits or they will be stopped but I'm not even receiving them anymore since I'm back working and providing for my family. I had wrote in a letter and cancelled all welfare once I had received my job.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:25 AM
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Your mileage may vary there was a jackpot winner in Michigan who continued to collect food stamps; the state considered lump-sum payments to not count against food stamps, while installment payments to a winner would count against food stamps.

When this hit the news, public outrage got the legislature to fix that.

If you expect to be on food stamps for a limited time, I don't see any problem with holding onto your winning ticket until either (a) you are off food stamps, or (b) the deadline for claiming your prize is close (usually one year).

Alternatively, if you have $1000 worth of losing lottery tickets, you would realize no net income.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
I wonder if your tax dollars were ever used to help a corporation or small businessman who "gambled" an investment or start-up costs, or a college freshman who "gambled" on getting a degree?
assuming the op isnt a professional gambler which is most assuredly is not they're not close to the same thing.the op gets tax payer money bc he theoretically can't even afford a basic necessity like food.his gamble despite the fact that he won was a losing proposition and he undoubtable waste money on tons of other **** he can't afford.

nobody would complain if he was on food stamps and using the little money he did have to get an education. pick a better battle.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by alphamale View Post

Enjoy the winnings.

I would not claim it as income, even though anything over $600 is reportable.

You will get a 1099 at years end, if the paying location did the correct filing of paperwork, but it sounds as if your income is below the threshold.

Don't sweat it.

You should always wager your 3 digit lottery tickets into $1 dollar bets, that way each winning ticket is under $600.

Unless, of course it was a different game that you won.
or you could not light money on fire with the lottery
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
And then the following month, you have to reapply, based on the fact that you no longer have that income. It's the way they keep bashing you over the head with petty bureaucracy until your dignity is completely destroyed, hoping you will give up. About a third of people who are entitled to benefits do not receive them, because they just can't stand the humiliating ordeal that they are forced to endure, which often includes paying for child care while riding the bus to wait in line at the social services office.

You can also declare that you went back the following day and lost it all. You are entitled to food stamps, regardless of the reason for your asset reduction, even gambling.
they're giving people free money and then people have the nerve to complain about what they have to do to get it.
if you're poor enough that you need food stamps then get on the bus and waste a few hours doing what you have to do. i guarantee the hourly rate is a lot higher than whatever job they would be working.

and btw if they were hoping people give up they wouldnt make it so easy for generations of families to be on food stamps and welfare for years on end.

oh wow a bus ride-so humilating!how dare the people giving out free money not send a limo for the people who need to fill out paper work and have cavier waiting for them in the office.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:12 PM
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It depends on the state... In the City Of New York resources are not counted as income. only the interest on the money is counted. I cant wait to hit the lottery im running to apply for foodstamps
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