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  •  South Carolina at some point used to allow such a (8+ / 0-)

    transaction.  I do know this for a fact.  When I was an undergrad our building caretaker was an elderly man James, who used to purchase lottery tickets using food stamps...
    This may have been illegal but I saw him do as I used to help him out with groceries whenever he and I happened to be in the corner store at the same time(which was often).  Whether this was legal or not I do not know...but I asked him directly about this and he said that many convenience stores did indeed accept food stamps for lottery tickets.

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    by DawnoftheRedSun on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 04:30:41 PM PST

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    •  It's (12+ / 0-)

      illegal in washington.There are stores here in Seattle that do stuff like that.Or just by them from you.As long as they know you.

    •  That May Have Been True in the Past (3+ / 0-)

      but I don't think it is now.

      My friend who's on food stamps uses a card (similar to a debit card) in order to make her food purchases. So, all her purchases are monitored, and the computerized cash registers automatically differentiate between foodstuffs and personal care items.

      I don't think the system uses the booklets or food stamp books.

      •  all states are now using electronic cards (0+ / 0-)

        see info here (the programme is now called SNAP but pretty much everybody still says "food stamps.") As pfeffermuse notes above, shops with electronic registers will simply not allow you to use your card to buy any items not permitted. My daughter receives them in Oregon and the last ime we went shopping the register flagged up toothpaste and a hot bagel sandwich (oops! that was supposed to be in my basket).

        Yes, back when you got paper stamps there was a thriving market in buying them off you, usually for less than face value. In San Francisco the going rate was about 70 cents per $1 of food stamps. This was always absolutely illegal. Hell, when I used to work at the On Broadway the doorman used to take them for getting into punk gigs (I'm sure he never told the boss, those went straight into his pocket for personal use). But that was 20+ years ago, the cards came in around 10 years back.

        This is not to say that a corrupt store clerk in a corner shop without an electronic register, but with a debit card machine, might not sell a prohibited item by ringing it up as food. But it is sure a lot harder now than it used to be. There are huge fines for any store caught doing this, BTW.

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        "We never sold out cos no one would buy."--J Neo Marvin

        by expatyank on Sun Nov 08, 2009 at 06:26:30 AM PST

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