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Final Rule: Implementation Memo for Lottery and Gambling Winners

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DATE: June 13, 2019
SUBJECT: Implementation of Section 4009 of the Agricultural Act of 2014
TO: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Regional Directors
All Regions

On April 15, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule for The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Student Eligibility, Convicted Felons, Lottery and Gambling, and State Verification Provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (84 FR 15083). Enclosed is a summary of the rule’s lottery and gambling provisions, which implement Section 4009 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. FNS may issue additional guidance, as needed, regarding the other provisions of this final rule.

State agencies have until June 14, 2019, (60 days from date of publication) to comply with the lottery and gambling provisions at 7 CFR 272.17, 273.11(r), and 273.12. FNS will, as appropriate, hold states harmless for Quality Control purposes for 120 days from the implementation date, following requirements outlined in SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 275.12(d)(2)(vii).

More detailed guidance, including questions and answers, will be issued in the coming months.

Lizbeth Silbermann
Program Development Division


Page updated: January 19, 2022

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.