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Lottery Winner On Food Stamps

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Lottery Winner On Food Stamps, A Michigan woman hits a lottery jackpot and continues to use her Bridge card–a card for food stamps. Amanda Clayton won $1 million from the Michigan State Lottery last fall. Since Clayton struck it rich, she is moving into a new house, paid for with cash, and bought a new car. This is something that many of us might do if we hit it big.

The controversy? She is still collecting and using money provided each month for food on her Bridge card. This money is provided to low income families by the state and is taxpayer money.

Detroit television station WDIV used an undercover camera and recorded Clayton buying groceries. She admitted to a reporter that she gets $200 each month for food.

When WDIV confronted Clayton, she said she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong. She told WDIV, “I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought maybe if was okay because I’m not working.”

According to Clayton, she didn’t actually get the full $1 million. She took the “lump sum” option which brought the total down to $700,000. After she paid taxes, she says she received just more than half a million.

Clayton continued to tell WDIV that she still thinks she has a right to the $200 a month from the state. She said “I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay,” and continued with, “I have two houses.”

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