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Michigan lottery winner charged with welfare fraud



Published: Tue, April 17, 2012 @ 2:39 p.m.

Michigan lottery winner charged with welfare fraud

LANSING, Mich. — A 25-year-old woman who continued to collect food stamps after winning the Michigan state lottery’s $1 million “Make Me Rich!” game show has been charged with two felonies for welfare fraud, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today.

Amanda Clayton, whose use of a food stamp bridge card was uncovered earlier this year by WDIV-TV, was to be arraigned today on charges of failing to inform welfare officials of her winnings or the fact that she was employed for five months in 2011, Schuette said in a joint announcement with Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan. They said Clayton illegally collected about $5,475 in food and medical assistance from August 2011 through March 2012.

Each of the charges — welfare fraud and failure to inform — is punishable by up to four years in prison.

“It’s simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance,” Schuette said in a statement.

Clayton, of Lincoln Park, Mich., won the televised game on Sept 12, 2011, and reportedly took home more than $500,000. She told WDIV she thought she was justified in continuing to collect the state payments after her windfall because she was currently unemployed.

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


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1Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

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

Are you kidding me, lady? You have two houses and a half a mil bank account and you think your entitled? That is what's wrong with this country, everybody thinks they deserve a free lunch.

First rule of economics - There is no free lunch!

Make her pay back every cent she stole, put her on probation, and demand she spend 5000 hours doing community service.

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2doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Make an example of this stupid idiot and send her to prison.

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3JoeFromHubbard(982 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

> > “It’s simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance,” < <

It is common sense and morally correct but, at this point it may not be illegal.

Hopefully that will be corrected after the stunt pulled by this woman.

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4UticaShale(850 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I notice in Youngstown, half of the City is on some type of entitlement. Youngstown is really weird, the Politicians are entitled and unqualified, the education system is entitled and a failure in results, the medical services is basically subsidized and entitled, the University is really entitled.................what the hell do you people make, ..........more entitled babies? You certainly produce very little and take so much.

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5JoeFromHubbard(982 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

To UticaShale:

You're correct, there is a lot of "entitlement" in Youngstown these days but it was not always like that. Youngstown was, unfortunately, a "one trick pony" in that so much of it's wealth was derived from the steel industry. When the local steel mills collapsed it devastated the city and what you see is the result.

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