You can buy lottery tickets with food stamps!?

Stopped at a gas station to get a soda and the bitch in front of me bought lottery tickets with her food stamps... WTF!?

She probably used her cash balance.  Something that gets abused with EBT.

Yes. I have an illegal family in my neighborhood. Obese lady in 40s with small child, her daugher in 30s with small child, older husband and younger male...all day long they are in the park smoking cigarettes and playing scratchers, leaving shit everywhere.

They dont work but are often seen loading up their escalade to hit the grocery store.

I guess if youre uneducated and from a poor nation with no oppurtunities, its a great gig.

We dont need a wall to stop illegal immigration, we just need to eliminate the motivation for being here and taking advantage of the system.

In new Hampshire you can do that as well.

Had a guy offer to pay for my basket of stuff with his EBT just to pay in cash for 2 packs of smokes. Told him I'm not 18(this was years ago and I look very young)

lottery tickets are a TAX on the poor OP! That's the way the state get it's money back.

 No, there are two separate accounts on the card, EBT and EFT. EBT is food stamps and can only be used on approved food items, EFT is cash aid and can be used for anything because it's just a dollar amount with no restriction on what it can be used for, you can take it to an ATM and withdraw cash if you want. 

Seems like a solid investment plan. 

I work at a casino. Almost every lost wAllet we find has a ebt card in it. Fucking sad!!!

Remember the stories from a few years back about EBT cards being used for cash withdrawals in casinos and cruise ships? It was around 2009/10-ish, I think? California, rather than ban the practice, just changed their audit system so the public could not see where the funds were being withdrawn. It was millions.

https://nypost.com/2015/04/19/welfare-recipients-used-strip-club-atms-despite-new-law/

GSPGreased -

Yes. I have an illegal family in my neighborhood. Obese lady in 40s with small child, her daugher in 30s with small child, older husband and younger male...all day long they are in the park smoking cigarettes and playing scratchers, leaving shit everywhere.

They dont work but are often seen loading up their escalade to hit the grocery store.

I guess if youre uneducated and from a poor nation with no oppurtunities, its a great gig.

We dont need a wall to stop illegal immigration, we just need to eliminate the motivation for being here and taking advantage of the system.

How do they afford an escalade? Wouldn't the payments on that thing be pretty expensive? 

I used to not give money to homeless people, because I figured they'd just spend it on something stupid like liquor or drugs or cigarettes. Now I just give them a buck or two and if they spend it on a smoke or a lottery ticket, I say God bless em. Most of their lives are harder than I can imagine--maybe on a given day, they need a moment of relief or a far-fetched hope more than food.  

When I started playing baseball for an Oakland men's baseball team after college (long time ago), I had team mate who drove a nice Mercedes. Dude offered to sell me his food stamps for half price after a game.

I was young and broke as fuck at the time and didn't understand how a dude with a Mercedes could have food stamps. Surprised the hell out of me.

Now that I'm old, OP's experience doesn't surprise me one bit.