$1 Million Lottery Winner Still Uses Food Stamps

Amanda Clayton millionaire food stampsWinning 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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chauncy

that woman should be arrested.

April 14 2015 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
willburwill

This is old news..Come on AOL try an keep current..try an keep relevent

April 13 2015 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tnschira

It is unbelievable

April 13 2015 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Faye Malench

http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/wayne-county/lottery-winner-who-was-charged-with-welfare-fraud-found-dead

April 13 2015 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
m.k.goodwin

Put her stupid azz in jail !

April 13 2015 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shazbah

As long as there is a 'class' system here, there will always be those who take (the rich) and those who scramble for crumbs. Not right to take from those who need it most. But think about where all this started, those who would be rich on the backs of the poor and less educated. The poor and less educated had to learn those traits somewhere! I wonder where? Food for thought!

April 13 2015 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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This is ridiculous!

If you're on food stamps, you shouldn't even be PLAYING the lottery which is the stupidest use of your limited funds. (Not to mention cigarettes, and the expensive alcohol--if you can find cheap alcohol and still put food on your kids' table, fine).

And if you win when you play the lottery, it should be evidence of inappropriate use of state funds and should automatically be put into paying off all your credit card and housing bills, and into your childcare and education, then whatever is left should be put back into the fund that fed you until now to pay back all the money spent on you. Plus, it will need funded again bc chances are, you might need it again!!!!!!

And, if you win while not playing, and don't have a history of saving well, then you shouldn't be allowed to accept the full lump sum. It should be mandatory that you receive it monthly a as a stipend that will keep you from buying stupid expensive things (and keep you off food stamps, and other assistance) and instead help you live within your means. Modest, affordable house and taxes. Reliable used car with only the necessities. Put food on your table, Pay your bills on time, give to help others out. Then maybe you learn how to save on your own.

If you have a history of responsible saving, like before the recession hit and drained everyone's savings accounts, then you can take the lump sum bc chances are you can save and spend rationally. But chances are, if you are that person, you were busy spending your money wisely and not on frittering it away on sure losses, like the lottery.

March 23 2015 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marcanagnos

This is what's wrong with people nowadays. She smiles like it's all a big joke. In NYS they automatically let the state know if you're on welfare and win the lottery. It's a loan, not a gift here. One guy wrote a book on how to collect welfare, he was on it at the time. They gave him a million dollar advance on the book, the state came along and took some or all. Must be some nice liberals in MI, and as for the Times they are full of it. A lot of rich people took govt money to get where they are, like Bill Gates. I've seen a few who claim "noone" is ripping off the system, how dare you even suggest such a thing. I know several who are, disability is the new scam now. Tell them you are too depressed to work, even have a tramatic childhood. Yet people I know who do this are out and about all day. Just can't go to work, right? Laws need to be passed, throw out any liberal who votes against it.


MARC

March 22 2015 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobrav

Posted March 7th, 2012

March 21 2015 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cmonsulick

The whole program is a joke, just cut it off and let people figure it out.

March 21 2015 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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