$1 Million Lottery Winner Still Uses Food Stamps

marcuss....PHART 2012/03/08 01:54:57
Winning the lottery can be world-rocking, and it certainly was for
Amanda Clayton, who scored $1 million in Michigan's state lottery last
September, or a little over $500,000, she says, after taxes. But there
are downsides too: Like jealous friends who are looking for ways to
bring you down, as in tipping off a local TV station that you're still
collecting food stamps.

Detroit's WDIV-TV followed 24-year-old Clayton, who bought a new house
and a car with her winnings, into a grocery store, where she paid with a Bridge Card, issued to Michigan residents in need of food assistance. Clayton reportedly gets $200 a month from the state.

The reporter confronted Clayton, and asked her if she thought it was ethically right.

"Well, I thought they would cut me off but since they didn't, I thought
maybe it was OK because I'm not working," she replied. When asked if
she thought she deserved that money, she said, "I kind of do." She has
bills to pay, and two houses.

"I mean, it's hard," she adds. "I'm struggling."

Clayton is the second Michigan lottery winner in less than a year to be
caught charging groceries to a Bridge Card. Leroy Fick took home
$850,000 after taxes from his $2 million jackpot, bought himself a new
home and an Audi convertible, and called up Michigan's Department of
Human Services to see if his Bridge Card was now void. It wasn't.

"He feels like he's paid into the system," Fick's lawyer said, since
his client had just put over $1 million in the state's coffers.

Michigan lawmakers have spent the last year desperately trying to close
this loophole. Since last October, an applicant was ineligible for food
assistance if they had liquid assets of over $5,000 and a second
vehicle worth more than $15,000 -- but then retracted the car stipulation. Other states, like Nebraska and Louisiana, have taken the opposite approach in the economic downturn, and eliminated asset tests, so that scores of the newly unemployed wouldn't be forced to spend their modest savings.

But few have sympathy for the food stamp recipient who was recently
handed a six figure check. It's unclear whether they're worth all the
energy though. As The New York Times put it in December, "as it turns out, millionaires on food stamps are about as rare as petunias in January." Perhaps Michigan is just having some freak weather.

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  • Selketskiss 2012/03/30 01:53:38 (edited)
    It is butt holes like this that bring down our country. Win all that money and still have the greedy balls to go use food stamps...throw their butts in jail i say..
    Simple fix, do like FL if you win lottery and have ever had any welfare/food stamps they get all of it back...they take it out of your winnings before you ever get it,
  • sodabox 2012/03/10 04:24:26
    Sad that our gov can't find it's ass with either hand to keep things like this from happening.
  • Selkets... sodabox 2012/03/30 01:56:42
    But it should be people doing the right thing without Gov having to check up on you.They are thieves
  • sodabox Selkets... 2012/03/30 03:07:20 (edited)
    If we could count on that we wouldn't need police.
  • beachbum 2012/03/09 17:10:57
    And they wonder why they are out of money...........
  • Spider20 2012/03/09 03:05:54
    I believe I heard that she has been kicked off the assistance since she got all the media attention.....
  • Selkets... Spider20 2012/03/30 01:57:25
    Should be kicked into jail.
  • DixieGirl 2012/03/09 01:32:27
    Apparently she had no intention on notifying DHS of her winnings in the first place. She was ratted out by a friend. Clayton should be charged with theft, fraud, embezzlement or any other charge deemed appropriate for her actions. The friend should be given a reward. Been nice if the reporter would have asked her if she was a democrat
  • ATM 2012/03/08 22:27:41
    So fine her a half a million dollars, then she can go back to what she knows best !
  • banzaibuckaroo 2012/03/08 21:30:28
    what is so sad, Michigan had this happen to them twice in ten months, and only now they did something about it. Good news, Just an hour ago, State of Michigan passed a law to restrict this from happening.
  • marcuss... banzaib... 2012/03/08 21:42:53
    Good to see the injustice ended.
  • banzaib... marcuss... 2012/03/08 21:44:52
    Amen to that :)
  • Rono 2012/03/08 17:55:42
    Inexcusable... NO Words
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/03/08 16:58:40
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    Well, this IS the American way, isn't it?

    Hopefully this bitch will choke on her next Lobster Sole stuffed with foie gras!
  • Selkets... Louisa ... 2012/03/30 01:59:10
    It did not use to be the American way...
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/03/08 16:28:30
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    They" paid into the system"; so they deserve it. Nevermind their state is bankrupt.
  • Bronar 2012/03/08 15:04:48
    There's a percentage of our country's citizens who are learning to live this way and will never stop abusing our ever worsening entitlement based government.
  • Lisa~in~Texas 2012/03/08 14:26:12
    Disgusting. These are the people that the left is so bent on 'helping.'
  • Selkets... Lisa~in... 2012/03/30 02:02:40
    The left taught it to them...they teach them how to scheme the Gov all the time. Remember the under cover videos by that kid and his girlfriend..
  • AM 2012/03/08 13:58:25
  • Farnsworth 2012/03/08 12:44:46
    2 houses?

    well if it's in Detroit....whats that $10 for a 2nd house?
  • Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA 2012/03/08 12:00:40
    Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
    This is what liberals do, Steal...all they do...
  • GANGA~Patriotic Revolution ... 2012/03/08 10:53:09
    GANGA~Patriotic Revolution BL-100+
    {Wednesday afternoon. The department released a statement Wednesday evening saying that it has removed Clayton from the program.

    DHS policy requires food stamp recipients to have no more than $5,000 in assets. Recipients must notify the state within 10 days of asset or income changes.

    “DHS relies on clients being forthcoming about their actual financial status,” DHS Director Maura Corrigan said in a statement. “If they are not, and continue to accept benefits, they may face criminal investigation and be required to pay back those benefits.”}

    Every state should report lotto winnings so that the system
    can not be gamed!
  • Disko Pickle 2012/03/08 09:32:35
    Disko Pickle
    $1 million isn't what it once was.
  • marcuss... Disko P... 2012/03/08 19:10:59
    Plenty enough to get myself out of all debt and a nice retirement account.

    She will sqander it like most entitlement slugs.
  • Kathy 2012/03/08 09:15:40
    Proof of how our "welfare system" has gotten out of hand. And the failure of govt to readily eliminate this loophole just shows you they will NEVER eliminate the nation's debt and our childrens children will be SLAVES to the state.
  • akgold 2012/03/08 09:08:26
    What I find disturbing/disgusting is the number of people defending her. Wonder how many of those people describe themselves as "conservative", my guess is not many.
  • banzaibuckaroo 2012/03/08 09:01:00
    The State of Michigan should have mandates on what a person qualify for welfare, and the simplest one to enforce is to ask for a banking balance. If you have more than the qualified amount in the bank, the person receiving benefits get cut off. If this is not the case, someone in state of Michigan really blew it, because most states have that condition.
  • VERYwiseguy 2012/03/08 07:41:25
    They're trying to pass a bill to prevent this,lottery winnings are liquid assets in Michigan.She has one set of ovaries or is mental.I choose mental.
  • USAF Vet 2012/03/08 06:55:04
    USAF Vet
    The entire welfare system (nationwide) has major flaws, so out of control any correction to the system is frowned upon and considered cruel. This person has 500K in the bank and continues to take from the public dole, shameful.
  • Selkets... USAF Vet 2012/03/30 02:07:16
    Shameful is being kind, she is a thief and I think they will make an example out of her give them time...
  • mwg0735 2012/03/08 06:53:26
  • Mel the... mwg0735 2012/03/08 12:01:15
    Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
    They are..
  • Lisa 2012/03/08 06:29:42
    Unbelievable she still feels entitled even after winning that money!
  • Ken 2012/03/08 05:23:08 (edited)
    I saw this on the news tonight and was stunned at the audacity of a woman who has over $500,000 in the bank and still feels entitled to food stamps! Entitlement America, anyone? We have definitely arrived.
  • goatman112003 2012/03/08 05:14:52
    Wonderful country America, clear case of taxpayer rape
  • Sawdust_128 2012/03/08 04:51:51
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/03/08 04:06:32
    Demonic Rat Hunter
    Just another Gimme Gimme Welfare Slug welfare slug
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/03/08 03:56:48
    Put her in jail until she repays what she has stolen monthly from the state.

    Yesus. What's it going to take for people to frigging wake up?
  • CHUCK 2012/03/08 03:36:19


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