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No You Can’t Win the Lottery and Stay on Food Stamps (that’s messed up.)

This Michigan lottery winner is under fire and receiving criticism for her decision to continue collecting and using $200 a month card in food assistance, funded by taxpayers as part of their Bridge Card program.

Watch this news report where Amanda Clayton, a 24-year-old from Lincoln Park, Michigan, actually says,

“I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought maybe it was okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay. I have two houses.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTjEwuuBRBE&feature=player_embedded#

She has two houses because she this pass fall she won $1 million from the Michigan State Lottery. While clarifying that after the awards tax of receiving the money in a lump sum (that can be upwards of 30%), and state taxes, her payday was only roughly half of the $1 million dollars. But local residents are having a hard time appreciating that fact that she still in a short matter of time had an additional $500,000 in her bank account, yet still felt the need the let the government give her additional free money. Well her state representative, Republican Rep. Dale Zorn, for one isn’t okay with this.

“Public assistance should be given to those who are in need of public assistance, not those who have found riches.”

But the way the law is currently written, and as Clayton has pointed out she’s still been allowed to receive the benefits. Something that she will continue to do until someone else cuts her off.

Well in my opinion that’s truly a shame that she feels this way, but unfortunately she’s probably not the only one. To address this fact, and prevent this type of behavior Zorn has sponsored a companion bill in the state Senate requiring the state to cross-check the names of lottery winners of prizes over $1,000 with names of individuals eligible to receive assistance.

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About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.

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