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convicted felons and lottery winnings

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should a convicted felon be allowed to cash in lottery winning?

yes [ 49 ]  [64.47%]
no [ 22 ]  [28.95%]
not sure [ 5 ]  [6.58%]
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Posted: July 1, 2006, 8:06 pm - IP Logged

Their buck is as good as mine. Society will take care of the felony aspect. Lottery proceeds do not enter the equation.

Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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    Posted: July 1, 2006, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

    They should receive it only to get the whole amount confiscated and given to their victims.

    That's better than just deny them the winnings. 

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      Posted: July 1, 2006, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

      MillionsWanted

      That's not a bad idea at all. I think there have been actual cases where welfare recipients who have won a lottery  had to pay back what they had received in welfare up to that point.

      That being the case..... 

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        Posted: July 1, 2006, 10:06 pm - IP Logged

        Why not, they are people willing to take the chance. Just like most of us.
        Their dollar is as good as ours!

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          It should depend on 1. if they have served their time and paid their debt to society then they should be allowed after that. and 2. what the nature of the felony was. Did they download an mp3 for their grandkid and get caught or did they murder 10 people during an armed robbery?

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            Posted: July 2, 2006, 3:05 am - IP Logged

            I would be really outraged if convicted people couldn't play the lottery? if you can play, then you can win. Not allowing these people to play or win is called: discrimination...If they didn't let this people play or collect their winning then they will be treating this people like i don't know what..I feel that a lot worse is allowing cigarettes to exist, since they would be "skinned alive" by keno or Powerball anyways...

             

             

            "...More important than winning all the states' lotteries is the movie "Red Planet"......"

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              Posted: July 3, 2006, 10:21 am - IP Logged

              Prisoner wins lottery

               

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                Posted: July 3, 2006, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

                People may disagree with me but I beleive if you have served your time and you are free you should be able to collect lottery winnings. Why not? If they are still allowed to put a dollar in then they should be able to collect if they win. If people don't want convicted felons to play make it a law that they can't legally purchase tickets and collect winnings.

                I Agree!

                I didn't respond at first because I wasn't sure if the question refers to people currently in prison or those who have been released. Since we can't put everyone who has committed a crime on house arrest, any person can walk into a store and buy a lottery ticket.  However, as long as prisons are funded by taxes and until criminals begin paying for their own room and board, I don't think they should be allowed to purchase tickets while incarcerated. Of course, I don't think someone who has committed a crime against society should have a lot of things like cable tv or use of the internet. As far as what I feel should happen when they're released..well, it's a tough call, since there are so many classes of crime. Regarding the most violent criminals, if it were not for that small percentage of wrongly convicted inmates (since destroying just one innocent life would be a tragedy) I'd say to exterminate most of these parasites before they get out and kill or rape someone else's child, mother, father or best friend.

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                  Posted: July 3, 2006, 12:58 pm - IP Logged

                  most convicted felons cant find good paying work anyway , so if lady luck shines down upon them with millions of dollars in lottery winnings, they should be able to collect.  maybe with their newfound winnings they can decide to turn over a new leaf and etc etc.  who knows.

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                    Yes, absolutely they should be allowed to collect. 

                    They should receive a net amount after all state cost to incarcerate plus all other fines, restitution charges related to crimes they've committed.

                    If there's anything left over then let them have at it.

                    A few states actually enforce this concept. Too bad GA is not one of them. About a year or so ago, a criminal was captured while breaking into a store one nite. The sad part was, this same idiot had won the $1000 a week for life just a month earlier. The State's response when questioned was, "The monies will be paid to an account until such time the prisoner is released". No restitution, no fines, no reimbursement to the state for cost of incarceration.

                    By the way, if I am not mistakened, Federal Prison works just a bit differently. I think under the rules of the Federal Prison, any income generated while incarcerated is confiscated in whole by the Federal Government. I believe the rule was strengthened because of a huge rash of movie and book deals that occurred at one time when one criminal's book hit the best seller list. I also think this only applies to lifer's. 

                    Who says crime doesn't pay, the honest man?

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                      Posted: July 3, 2006, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

                      "so many classes of crime"

                      Perhaps I am wrong, but in the bible, is it not written that "If you break one commandment, you have broken them all"?

                      Why must we, as a society accept the concept of varying levels of crime? Sorry, but if an embezzeler or an online theif takes money from the Company I work for, I want that person charged with attempted murder of me, my coworkers and all the associated families. Because as far as I am concerned, that person stole from the Company, which makes it difficult for the Company to pay me and makes it difficult for me to put food on my table. So why is a thief any different from a murderer? The thieves of Enron and Nortel should be put into the electric chair. Because of Enron, one of the Clients we have owes the Company I work for a lot of money (the Client was owned by Enron for a period of time and had to buy their way out). And because of the lying thieves at Nortel, my wife lost her job during the first round of lay-offs a few years ago.

                      Anyway, enough of my rant for now, have fun folks.

                      Sir Metro

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                        Posted: July 3, 2006, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

                        "so many classes of crime"

                        Perhaps I am wrong, but in the bible, is it not written that "If you break one commandment, you have broken them all"?

                        Why must we, as a society accept the concept of varying levels of crime? Sorry, but if an embezzeler or an online theif takes money from the Company I work for, I want that person charged with attempted murder of me, my coworkers and all the associated families. Because as far as I am concerned, that person stole from the Company, which makes it difficult for the Company to pay me and makes it difficult for me to put food on my table. So why is a thief any different from a murderer? The thieves of Enron and Nortel should be put into the electric chair. Because of Enron, one of the Clients we have owes the Company I work for a lot of money (the Client was owned by Enron for a period of time and had to buy their way out). And because of the lying thieves at Nortel, my wife lost her job during the first round of lay-offs a few years ago.

                        Anyway, enough of my rant for now, have fun folks.

                        Sir Metro

                        No classes of crime? Oy! I hope if I get stopped for making an illegal U-turn the deputy doesn't feel that way. One day I'm baking cookies and the next I'm serving hard time. 

                        I won't get into any lengthy discussion here about what the Bible means or doesn't mean..just not my style. However, it also says you should pluck out your eye and cut off other body parts if they offend you.  Half the posters on LP would be in a lot of pain right now if that were taken literally. 

                        By saying people whose actions you personally find appalling should all be fried, you show very little compassion and forgiveness. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Bible also says to forgive men when they sin against you and "your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But, if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."  I'm surprised you took that one sentence out of my post to quote, since I often say I wouldn't cry too much if violent criminals were exterminated since they are the roaches of society. However, if you are going to quote the Bible, please don't skip to a particular verse that suits your purpose. I'm not even saying I agree or disagree, but the Eye for an Eye type of retributive justice is very Old Testament. If that's your belief, then fine. So make sure the thieves you speak about never enjoy the money they stole.  But executing people who steal or embezzle is certainly not an equal punishment. However, it would be a great solution to overcrowded highways.

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                          i disagree with all of you all...
                          Specially the comment about what's the difference between robbery & murder...

                          Anyways....

                           

                           

                          "....In a way, the stock market and taxes are a form of lottery..."

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                            Posted: July 9, 2006, 6:08 pm - IP Logged

                            A lot of people convinced of property crimes would probably benefit from

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                              Posted: July 9, 2006, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

                              Someone convicted of a property crime may serve the general good of society by winning the lottery IF he or she manages their affairs properly.  They would have so much money they may never commit another crime.  In other words, pay them not to steal.  The state should set up an annuity for these folks so they won't spend it all at once.  Of course, the same could be said for Jack Whitaker and the rest of the winners who squandered their winnings on wine, women and song.

                              Most burglars steal to support a drug habit.  That is an entirely different situation.  Just send him or she $10 million worth of crack and let them have at it.

                              Murderers, according to friends I have in the Amarillo guard force, are some of the finest and most trustworthy people in the joint.  Their crime was often circumstantial.  I believe anyone can be a murderer under the proper circumstances.  A majority of murderers are model prisoners.

                              Child molestors, on the other hand, are truly mentally ill and can't be trusted with any amount of money. 

                              In other words, the survey is too general.  It should be determined on a case by case basis.

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