March 8th, 2012
10:53 AM ET

Public assistance pulled from lottery winner

A Michigan woman who won the lottery but continued to receive food assistance from the state government has had her benefits pulled, officials said.

Amanda Clayton hit it big playing the Michigan Lottery. Like many winners, she used her $1 million prize to buy a new house.

But the Lincoln Park, Michigan, resident continued to receive money in another form - $200 a month in state food assistance, according to CNN Detroit affiliate WDIV.

Her story made headlines, and on Thursday, the state's Department of Human Services announced that she is no longer getting the benefits.

According to Michigan law, welfare recipients must report any changes in assets or income to the agency within 10 days.

The department "relies on clients being forthcoming about their actual financial status. If they are not, and continue to accept benefits, they may face criminal investigation and be required to pay back those benefits," Director Maura Corrigan said in a statement.

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  1. chrissy

    Good afternoon, gals of the sisterhood! Whoot! Whoot! Lmao!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hi, guys.

    Hamsta, we do not live in a socialist-driven economy, we live in a capital-driven economy.
    The sooner you learn the difference, the sooner you can quit mis-using that phrase socialist country.
    You also need to learn how the social programs work; food stamps are issued by the STATE.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Hes going off all the time about *welfare fraud* banasy for 2 reasons. 1. To deflect himself of the tax fraud and 2. Because hes jealous cuz he couldnt qualify for food stamps and a gov phone! His words, not mine! Sheesh louise grow a pair!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clooney Looney

    Good afternoon, Ladies! 😉

    March 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. P3D0-B3AR

    Glad to see the state did the right thing and stop the assistance to this D-bag. Sadly, though, in a few months she will be back on it again.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Omg! Banasy lol your *hero* is here! Or his pants anyway lmfao!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    chrissy: I know.
    We both have pretty good recall, and pretty good BS detectors.

    This woman is a moron, and she deserves whatever penalty she gets.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I don't want his pants.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lmao @ banasy, ik,r? As for our minds like *steal traps* if mine fails, i bookmarked those conversations! My own personal speed dial for the bs meter! Roflmao!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I can't do that new "smart phone" drains too much battery use..
      I will rely on you as my back-up.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    I'm so glad this woman was caught! Her assertion that she was "un-employed so maybe it was OK" is disgustingly transparent! She netted $500,000 & she's being voluntarily ignorant to justify her behavior! She should lose her winnings, which should be distributed to Honest welfare recipients! This subject has of course drawn the"anti-social programs" crowd, such as hamsta, who is bordering on paranoia! All civilized governments have enti.tlement programs, payed for by citizens & used when necessary, such as right now, when many are laid off, can't find work, have lost homes, their retirement & insurance benefits! Enti.tlements are not easy to get & you don't get much! I can't imagine spending my life on foodstamps (which I get now, because I need them)! Most people who recieve help need it; a small % abuse it! This woman is 1 such person!!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    ty fernace, another voice of reason! Though to be fair, this woman only recieved food stamps for approximately 5 months after winning. That shouldnt take the whole amount of her winnings! She needs to create a lifelong income with them to keep her off fs!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    What she didn't need is to go run out and buy a new house.
    What she shouldn't do is justify continuing to recieve them because she now has 2 houses and no job.
    What she is, is dumb.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    AFTER paying back with INTEREST of course! and np banasy, i got your back, my sista from anutha mutha! 🙂

    March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO ©

    International women's day? Oh no. My laundry won't get done until tomorrow.

    When is international white guy's day?

    March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    @ dazzle
    Socialism = Obama.
    That is what most people who keep on harping on this theme want us to believe.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
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