Aid for deadbeats
Removing sanctions on beneficiaries for not naming the father of their children has been blasted by the Taxpayers’ Union as welfare for “deadbeat dads”, who according to executive director Jordan Williams would be able to jettison their child support responsibilities with a taxpayer subsidy. “There is now no incentive for beneficiaries to name the father of their children. Inevitably, far fewer people will name the father, deals will be negotiated under the table for less than the father would have to pay in child support, and the taxpayer will pick up the tab,” he said. “While the aim of this reform, to protect women experiencing domestic violence, is noble, the current law already has an exemption covering this.” The Taipa¯ Foodmarket hadn’t had a big winner in the six or seven years that it had been the community’s only Lotto outlet, but that all changed on Wednesday night.
Someone who bought a Big Wednesday ticket there collected $5.5 million, made up of a half share of the Division I prize and powerball.
Srushti and Nirav Patel, who run the business, didn’t know who had bought the ticket, but Mr Patel was “110 per cent sure” they would be local.
The school holidays were over, he said, and life at Doubtless Bay had returned to normal, suggesting that it was unlikely that the windfall would be claimed by someone from further afield.
He and Srushti were almost as excited as the winner was expected to be.
“We really excited, really happy,” Mrs Patel said. “People are coming into the shop and phoning us to talk about it.”
She and her husband had had a celebration of their own when they heard the news, she added, Mr Patel saying the win would be good for the business and the community.
Nimesh Shah, who owns the business, was equally delighted. “The place is buzzing. Everyone is talking about it,” he said. He bought the business in 2010, but only gained the Lotto agency in 2012 or 2013, and this was the first big win, he added.
A ticket bought in Taupo¯ won the other half of the Division I pool, worth $500,000.