Lottery Winner Food Stamps

March 8, 2012 by staff 

Lottery Winner Food Stamps, A Michigan woman won a $1 million lottery and continued to collect $200 a month in food stamps — until she boasted about her situation to a local TV station and officials swooped in.

Amanda Clayton hit the jackpot in the “Make Me Rich!” lottery game show in October and, after electing to take a lump sum of $700,000 and allowing for taxes, was left with about $500,000, she told WDIV-TV.

The 24-year-old, who is unemployed, said she continued to receive public assistance.

“I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought, maybe, it was OK because I’m not working,” Clayton said. “It’s hard. I am struggling.”

She added, “I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay. I have two houses.”

But the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) said Wednesday that the woman was no longer receiving benefits and warned that people who continued to receive handouts in such circumstances may face criminal investigation and be required to pay back those benefits.

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