Tithing on Lottery Winnings

A laid-off man has won $1 million after buying some lottery tickets on a whim against his wife’s wishes, in Southern Oregon. After receiving his winnings the man immediately gave a 10 percent tithe to his church.

According to reports, Riley Gunn was traveling with his wife and three children to their one bedroom residence when he stopped to purchase some corndogs. It was a rare treat for his family, because after he had been laid off in May they had felt the squeeze on their finances.

So it was even more surprising that Gunn decided at that time to buy some lottery tickets as well. Even though he knew his wife would not approve of such a purchase with their limited cash, he couldn’t resist having a throw of the dice to see if lady luck was on his side.

And it proved lady luck was on his side; his $16 purchase of lottery tickets won him $1 million.

Would YOUR church accept a tithe off of lottery winnings?



About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.

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  • GaryArnold

    Since the Biblical tithe was NEVER money, and NEVER came from anyone’s income, and Abram tithed from a one-time winning of war spoils, seems that a church would accept a tenth of lottery winnings since they un-biblically accept money from one’s paycheck.

    • GaryArnold

      I meant to say it is not biblical to accept money from one’s paycheck AS A TITHE.

  • Angie

    I disagree. We live in a society base off money….not sheep, cattle, gold, etc. Our tithe should come from our increase(money). How else can a church function? The church need lights and water so how can it be paid if no one is tithing??? Tithing is a very broad subject and I think people should really research more about it. Also, back then sheep and cattle was considered money…….

  • Angie

    Also, I don’t agree with tithing lottery winnings because it is evil money…