Controversial subject: Lawmaker wants to end public assistance to lottery winners

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    Mar 08, 2012 2:17 PM GMT -- 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 is receiving money in another form -- $200 a month in state food assistance, according to CNN Detroit affiliate WDIV.

    "I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought, maybe, it was OK because I'm not working," Clayton, 24, told WDIV when it asked whether it was appropriate for her to receive the money.

    This unfortunately is our "youth". Thats all I will say.
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    Mar 08, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    I'd caught that article. I neither understand how the system could let her own those assets and yet receive subsidy nor how she could leach the system like that. Such a sad day when individuals start acting like corporations. Relax Republicans, just kidding.

    I don't find this at all to be controversial. I find it to be clear cut. A safety net is just that, a last resort to catch someone who fell off the high wire. Not for someone who still has their circus seats.

    But this is not just about our youth, this is about an aspect of our culture.

    Leroy Fick won the $2 million jackpot in the "Make Me Rich!" contest in June. Despite receiving about $850,000 in winnings, the Auburn resident is still using his Michigan Bridge Card, an electronic version of food stamps....

    Department spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said that, under federal guidelines, if a person receives a lump-sum payment, the winnings are not counted as income. The money is considered income if the person receives regular, ongoing payments.
    a recently laid-off millionaire, luxuriating next to the pool eating grapes bought with food stamps while waiting for an unemployment check to roll in...From 2005 to 2009, millionaires collected over $74 million in unemployment benefits,
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    Mar 08, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    I saw the webclip of her being interviewed and confronted.

    She seems very entitled but I gather she grew up in a state where now 25% of people receive assistance. Can you blame her in that case?

    I kinda remember something like this happening in NY decades ago and thoey started deducting the assistance before disbursement.

    Obviously she is not too bright. She publicly advertised her moral deficiency and likely the IRS and state tax officials are licking there chops to pour through her taxes. If for some reason she skipped or owes taxes. She is in big trouble.

    I see her as a rare bird. Almost not worth making a case over entitlements. Most of the other scammers ( sec 8, SSI , disability) scamers are much smarter to be on tv.
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    Mar 08, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    Asked if she had the right to the public assistance money, Clayton answered, "I kind of do. I have no income, and I have bills to pay. I have two houses."

    How can someone be that stupid? No income? She won $1 million. Don't have two houses if you can't afford it.
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    Mar 08, 2012 5:21 PM GMT