If church members win a lottery should they be tax exempt?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090814/ap_on_fe_st/us...

HASLETT, Mich. – Divine intervention? Or just plain luck? No matter what the circumstances, a Michigan church is $70,000 richer courtesy of the Michigan Lottery. The Covenant Life Worship Center and its 25 members in Haslett, Mich. had one of the second-prize tickets in the Lucky 7s raffle held May 4.

The $10 ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Haslett, five miles northeast of downtown Lansing. The lottery Web site says the odds of a single ticket winning $70,000 in Lucky 7s are one in 55,556. Michigan Lottery officials say the church will receive the full amount of the prize because it is a tax-exempt group.

Pastor Marilyn Parmelee tells the Lansing State Journal that the prize money will go toward the church building fund, setting up a missionary fund and supporting local community service projects.

I thought Xians were opposed to gambling. Why should they get tax exemption?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    this is too weird. this must be a jackpot day for the lord.

    i was at the casino today, and this lady hit a jackpot on the slot machine. even from the blackjack table i could hear her screaming thank you to jesus - over and over again. she continued on about how she had been praying to god for a miracle and "OH MY GOD just LOOK what HE DID!!"

    i was tempted to go over and ask her how much of that check she was gonna give jesus, but i was staring at a hard 15 against a face card and was thinking about asking him for a favor myself right then instead.

    turns out, jesus is better at helping people out with slots.

    :P

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  • 1 decade ago

    Of course not. Churches may be tax exempt, but the important factor here is that these are lottery winnings, which are not tax exempt. It's not part of their day to day operation, it's the lottery.The church didn't gamble anyway, it was the members and they should have to pay taxes, it's only fair and legal.

    If they were honest, the holder of the winning ticket would pay the taxes that are due when you win a lottery.

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  • Bob L
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Christians are not tax exempt to begin with... Why would we be exempt from lottery taxation.

    However, if it is proven that it was church money that was used to pay for the ticket, then yes, the prize should be tax exempt.

    I hope you understand the significance of the number 7 in the

    Bible.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, zaatheist:

    If they tithe and file long form, they will get a deduction on the contribution. You can also get a deduction on your contribution to the Oboma election campaign.

    We live close to casiinos, and I don't know of a single church member that gambles; however:

    About 20 years ago an old lady and her son went there to win money for the poor in Mexico. Well, every pull rang bells and withing thirty minutes they left with almost a thousand dollars of quarters.

    They bought food and clothing for the poor, but never did it again. You see, the lady was awakened in the middle of the night and told it was Satan laying a trap for them. Yes, we can make mistakes but God is in the healing business.

    Did you know that the only part of the Bible that says you can't undedrstand it until "the time of the end" can be understood. See http://abiblecode.com & it proves Jesus is the Messiah among other things.

    Ben Yeshua

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  • 4 years ago

    Who says the church purchased the ticket? Maybe one of the parishioners bought it and then felt guilty so they donated the ticket to the church without even knowing the outcome of the drawing yet. Either way, I think it is great!!! "The wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous." It is about time the righteous get some.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    God doesn't like gambling because it's based on the worst human emotion: greed.

    Many have to suffer for one to win.

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  • Gambling is a sin and not of God...we should steer clear!

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  • Marixa
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    No religion should get a tax exemption. It's just another business.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No such thing as a Xian church

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they are a tax exempt orgnization so should not pay taxes...

    but your right christians are not suppose to gamble...

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