How to avoid the food stamp lottery
As Americans rush to buy food on the black market, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking to change the rules.
The USDA has proposed a new rule that would allow anyone who is eligible to buy SNAP food stamps to apply for a lottery to buy a ticket to a lottery of winners.
The program would be the first of its kind in the world, the USDA said in a release on Wednesday.
The lottery would be open only to qualified applicants who have a household income of less than $50,000 and live in a state that participates in the program.
A lottery ticket would be worth $25 in the lottery.
It would be distributed to eligible households that meet certain eligibility criteria.
In a statement, USDA said that lottery winners would receive the same food assistance benefits as those who win the lottery, including the ability to enroll in a child’s school lunch program.
The agency said that the lottery is expected to cost between $100 and $200 million per year.