Saturday, April 15, 2006

Illegal Immigrants winning lottery?? I don't think so!!'s the story off of NBC17. It really chaps my ass...

Illegal Immigrants Can't Hit It Big In Lottery

POSTED: 5:58 pm EDT April 14, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Illegal immigrants in North Carolina can play the state's new lottery, but they may not be allowed to collect large winnings under the game's claim policies.
Lottery rules require winners of $600 or more to show a photo identification and proof of a Social Security number to claim their prizes. In the absence of a Social Security number, the lottery will accept a U.S. passport, a foreign passport, an identification card issued by another state, a U.S. armed forces identification card, a voter registration card or permanent resident card.

Illegal immigrants typically cannot get a Social Security number legally.

"If they don't have a green card or foreign passport, they're not going to get anything," lottery spokeswoman Pam Walker said. "Because they're likely to be an illegal alien."

Sandra Machuca, owner of La Centroamericana convenience store in Charlotte, said **blocking illegal immigrants from winning would be unfair. **Machuca said she has been selling about $1,000 worth of tickets a week.

"None of my clients are American," Machuca said. "Whoever wins has a right to the prize. That's why they buy the ticket."

State Controller Robert Powell said lottery officials should examine the issue.

"If you're here illegally, then there should be at least a legal determination as to whether you should receive the funds," Powell said. "If you're not here in this country legally, I don't know whether you should be eligible to receive lottery winnings."

He said he is not proposing a rule one way or the other.

A winner who doesn't have a Social Security number but does have required identification still will get paid but at the higher, nonresident tax withholding rate, 30 percent instead of 25 percent.

"Our policy on this mirrors many other states' and there is no intent to prohibit any person from claiming a prize," Walker said. "They simply must have the required identification."
Maryland and North Dakota restrict prizes to legal residents but guidelines for many states do not address the issue. States along the Mexican border make no effort to determine residency.

It would be unfair to let them get the winnings?!?! WTF?! It's unfair to us AMERICANS. If they're here ILLEGALLY...they shouldn't get any winnings. I mean hell, they don't pay taxes in this country, so I can understand letting them play..they should be giving money back somewhere, but letting them collect the winnings? Just so they can bring more of their family here illegally? NOOOO! Letting them collect the winnings is like rewarding them for being here illegally and encourages more to come..causing more of a problem.

Sometimes I think it'd be better to move to Mexico....there's probably less Mexicans there. I think everything in this country should be in English...not multiple languages. If foreigners want to live here, they need to learn the damn language. Jeff's grandma was from the Phillipines and she took all the classes and took the test to become a U.S. Citizen...just as everyone from another country should do. I have no problems w/ people becoming legal's the illegal ones expecting to have all the rights and priveleges that our ancestors have worked so hard to obtain for us.

Here's an example, and you Illegals listen well: Say you are on a limited income and have worked your entire life to be able to afford to buy the cows and chickens and plant grains, fruits and sugar cane to make your family a cake. You've made sacrifices so you could be there to till the soil and plant the seeds. Your children have had to make sacrifices to help you obtain your goal by working in the field, milking cows , collecting eggs and getting everything ready for you to make this cake. Then the magnificent day comes when all your hard work is going to pay off. You slave for hours in the kitchen making it just right and when the time comes to eat it, me and my family of 15 show up in your kitchen, uninvited and demand our share. I tell you I have just as much right to that cake as you and your family.

You'd tell me to kiss off, wouldn't you??? So why are you illegal immigrants getting so pissy when we tell you to do the same?? If you don't get this...I'll just show up at your houses around dinner time and expect to be fed..for free...then we'll see how you feel. I think I've made my point. In closing....illigal immigrants suck and need to go home or become legal citizens.

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