Winning the lottery is the sort of thing that can change lives, but a lot of felons can’t enjoy this simple privilege. If a felon is still incarcerated they are not allowed to play lottery at all let alone win it, but after they have been released there are a few opportunities here and there for them to look into. A felon that has been convicted of any crime except for gambling can play this without any kind of hindrance, and their winnings are not going to be affected or seized by the state.
However, someone that is guilty of gambling in a state where such activities are illegal will never be able to take part in the lottery ever again. If they join and end up winning, it is highly unlikely that they would be able to collect their winnings since the state conducts background checks and would want to charge lottery tax to the winnings anyway.
Another instance in which a convict would not be able to win the lottery is if the guidelines of their parole prohibit it. This is particularly possible with people that have exhibited signs of addictive behavior, or if they are known to have a history of violence that makes their entry in places of business where lottery tickets are sold a dangerous proposition.
The money from the lottery can be a dream-come-true for a convict. After all, you are going to realize that finding a job can be really difficult if you are a convict, so a huge cash influx can be just what you need to get yourself back on your feet. Before you play the lottery just check your state’s regulations.