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

    @ hamsta, YOU can blame our present POTUS all you want, it still wont change the facts! Our economy took a huge dump under the BUSH admin. and was caused by mainly the banks which recieved FREE money, OUR money!! And it was during THAT admin that fs rose!

    March 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzy I Mean Mary

      Hamsta, speaking of a "huge dump" Pick yourself up by the love handles and toss yourself into the nearest landfill.

      March 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    @Hamsta- unemployment was 5% or a little over when Fmr. Pres. Bush was in.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    President Obama inherited a nasty mess, and against all odds and the extended efforts of a bunch of do nothing dupas in Congress, HE HAS STILL HUNG IN THERE! A lesser man woulda folded, YOU woulda folded, and he has earned respect for this if nothin else!

    March 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    What I do not understand is how it is getting better and the congress will not pass any of Pres. Obamas jobs bills. I just want people to put in a Democratic Congress, notice they passed something today. Too late for me to vote republican now. lThey have messed around with our credit and sat idolly by while Bush tanked us.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @Hamsta are you made because of Keystone?

    March 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama


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

    lol @ lee, gets the blood flowing dont it?

    March 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American


    I already posted yesterday that I was going to now start calling hamsta a fascist, neo-Nazi, conservative because that is how he generalizes our opinions and ideas when calling anyone a socialist.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I guess that's

      March 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    @Hamsta-Why don't they build they're own refineries in Canada?

    March 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Classic case of a person who is perpeually mad.

    March 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    Banasy why don't the Canadians build their own refineries?

    March 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Scottish Mama:
      Perhaps BOMBO would be better able to answer that.
      I grew up and still live near Whiting, Indiana, where BP is a very big presence.
      They"re not doing too much refining these days.

      March 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      We have refineries here, and not enough skilled operators to run them. We refine more than enough for our own needs, plus plenty of refined product to export. Unless the population doubles right away, we don't have enough available labour. Take the synthetic crude or not, your choice. I'm sure China and Nippon would love to have as much as we can ship out, and the jobs that come with it.

      As for the carbon footprint, you are working off of old numbers. The more efficient new processes produce not much more CO2 than conventional crude, with none of the nasty political side effects one gets with Arab or Venezuelan oil.

      March 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lmao @ greek american, you go with your bad self! 🙂

    March 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Changing My Name Because I Can.

    The man reveled in the oil leaks in the Gulf; he laughed at how he got to stay home on BP's dime...which in turned cost us HOW MUCH? An opinion to be respected?

    March 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ mama the best person to ask would most likely be BOMBO, as he lives in canada! Just the meer fact the its so hush hush tells me enough!

    March 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    great minds banasy lmfao!

    March 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lmao @ jazzy!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle©

      Hi Chrissy, how are you this evening?

      March 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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