Andrew Yang announced at Thursday’s Democratic debate that his campaign will give away $1,000 a month in “Freedom Dividends” to 10 randomly selected families over the course of a year to test his proposed plan for universal basic income.

The entrepreneur and 2020 presidential hopeful made the announcement during his opening statement at the third Democratic presidential debate in Houston, where he’s one of 10 candidates who qualified for the event. 

“When you donate money to a presidential campaign, what happens? The politician spends the money on TV ads and consultants and you hope it works out,” he said. “It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians.”

Immediately after the announcement, Yang’s campaign tweeted a video of the candidate talking about the plan in a sweepstakes-like fashion and asking viewers to go to his campaign website and enter for the raffle.

“If you win, you’ll get the money, and you’ll get a whole lot of social media followers,” he said in the video while laughing.

The $120,000 going to the 10 families is part of Yang’s biggest presidential promise: universal basic income. Yang’s “Freedom Dividend” plan would give $1,000 a month to every U.S. citizen 18 and older and is a solution to what he says is an economy disrupted by evolving technology and automation.

According to Politico, Yang’s campaign would pay out the money for the full year even if he does not become the Democratic nominee. Yang is already making a monthly $1,000 donation from his own personal finances to a family in New Hampshire, a family in Iowa and a family in Florida.

But the online raffle’s legality is being questioned. TIME reported that some experts say handing out campaign funds for families to use for personal reasons may violate federal election law.

Yang’s announcement of the plan during his opening statement resulted in laughs from a couple of his fellow Democratic candidates, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Those candidates have positioned themselves as more conventional than Yang, who’s considered an outside candidate and has more unusual proposals, such as his “Freedom Dividend” plan.

“It’s original, I’ll give you that,” Buttigieg said in response.

Keep up with HuffPost’s liveblog of Thursday’s Democratic debate in Houston here.

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