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$1 Million Lottery Winner Continues Receiving Welfare

lottery winner food stamps Amanda Clayton

Before Amanda Clayton won $1 million in the Michigan lottery program she was accepting various welfare programs including $200 per month in food stamps and according to the Detroit News after she won the big prize she continued to stay on governmental aid.

The Michigan Department of Human Services confirmed on Wednesday night that they removed Clayton from the program when it was realized that she made far too much money in 2011 to qualify for the program.

According to state Rep. Dale Zorn:

“State assistance, our tax dollars, is meant to go to those who are truly in need. It’s not meant to go to those who won big in the lottery.”

Clayton chose to accept her $1 million prize in one lump sum of $700,000 which provided her with approximately $500,000 after taxes. According to her ex-boyfriend she then went on “an insane shopping spree” in which she bought a house and car with cash.

What might be most shocking is the fact that Clayton actually believed she deserved to stay on welfare because she was bogged down with two houses and other newly added expenses. As Clayton put it:

“I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t I thought maybe it was OK because I’m not working. I feel that it’s OK because I have no income, and I have bills to pay. I have two houses.”

Sadly this isn’t the first time a lottery winner in the state of Michigan has remained on welfare, a $2 million winner in 2010 did the same thing which has led state officials to now think about ways they can examine and remove lottery winners from the state welfare program.

In the meantime Clayton could find herself in legal trouble for accepting food stamps after her income and assets surpassed the legal threshold.

Given her lack of spending control I’ll give Clayton twelve months before she’s broke, doesn’t own a home and is back on welfare.

Here’s a video report of the incident:

Do you think Amanda Clayton should be charged with a crime for taking advantage of taxpayers and the state welfare system?

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132 Responses to “$1 Million Lottery Winner Continues Receiving Welfare”

  1. Tina Puttnmefirst Traeye

    hahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…..well well well it not just US is it!

  2. Tina Puttnmefirst Traeye

    hahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…..well well well ya can't blame this one on "US" this time lmbo! but seriously just plain greedy!

  3. Lori Sain

    I think she should be charged.. She chose to buy two houses and a car with the money she won instead of using it for things she needed. I'm not saying don't spend money on yourself, but don't put yourself in a situation than expect eveyone else to foot the bill after you spent all the money you won. I work everyday and barely make it and I'm sure I make to much money to quailfy for food stamps or anything else. I don't feel sorry for her at all.

  4. Ronda Jenkins

    No I do not think she should go to jail but maybe have to pay back what she was given after winning the lottery. Putting her in jail would serve no useful purpose as then as tax payers we will still be supporting her. If they want to do anything since she does not have a job have her perform community service.

  5. Kevin Parker

    I read a blurb last night that the state cut off her benefits.

  6. Kevin Parker

    I read a blurb last night that the state cut off her benefits.

  7. Terrie McPherson

    If she is arrested, she will be receiving state help in another way…she should have to do real community service…like cleaning trash out of ditches, helping to feed the homeless…she should have to give food to food panteries, & pay back the help she received….also, the state needs to do better auditing. either that state doesn't check & have renewal periods of reportings or, she hid things well to continue receiving help.

  8. Terrie McPherson

    If she is arrested, she will be receiving state help in another way…she should have to do real community service…like cleaning trash out of ditches, helping to feed the homeless…she should have to give food to food panteries, & pay back the help she received….also, the state needs to do better auditing. either that state doesn't check & have renewal periods of reportings or, she hid things well to continue receiving help.

  9. Elizabeth Liming

    I think it's disgusting and she should pay back every dime. It's people like her and her behaviour that make it harder for people who really do need help to get it. Did she really say her winnings dropped from a million to ONLY five hundred thousand? CRY ME A FREAKING RIVER!

  10. Arlene Jones-Street

    I would personally like to beat her ass. What the hell is wrong with her!

  11. Juliet Beltran

    How does that happen? She should be held accountable for the over payment since winning the lotto in september, at least.

  12. Arlene Jones-Street

    You mean after the ass whopping I'd like to give her?

  13. Francine Dally

    She should be required to pay back all that she received from the state PLUS interest after she won the lottery. She should be ashamed of herself!

  14. Lynn Mansfield

    People like this are who fuel the stereotypes about people on welfare. Those who suffer are the people who really need help as they are stigmatized and lumped in with cheats like her.

  15. Jennie Lawhead

    Yes she should be charged. This is a problem we have with the system. Too many people are on it and get assistance that doesn't need it. I have had people come in to do taxes, one is legal, the other isn't and they don't want to be. Because they work and get paid under the table, her with kids, gets help and it's everyone else that is supporting them. Enough is enough. I personally think that if you are collecting welfare, food stamps, hud, and leap, you should be sent tax documents and have to file and pay taxes. The rest of us do. We struggle, budget and do without. Why should th rest sit on the system, not work, or do anything to contribute while the rest of us support them. How much longer can this continue?

  16. Diann Gordon

    yes there are people who need it more then she does right now regardless of two houses she should be arrested for welfare fraud and its nice to know her welfare money went for gambling not her houses or bills so now maybe congress will et off their butts stop giving welfare to drinkers and gamblers.

  17. Martha Pena-Bickwid

    I don't think she should go to Jail… But I do feel that she should not contiue to receive help from the state.

  18. Christine Lemm

    Make that Ghetto witch pay it back and a fine on top. Perhaps if these lazy ass people lower their "standards" and take those McDonalds jobs, this country would start seeing a turn around in the economy..

  19. Lori Bishop Tull

    There is a legal loop hole I am sure she was aware of. It is called a lump sum benefit. If she knew she was getting a lump sum she could go off of aid for the month the lump sum was given to her. Spend the lump sum on necessities like a house or car, washer-dryer, furniture, etc. and then go back on aid. As long as the lump sum is received and spent while not on aid and you don't have any left it is perfectly legal from my understanding. I think it is wrong but it is legal.

  20. Dawn McDow

    If she isn't working anyway, why not have her do some community service. I really like you ideas on this Terrie. I do believe that she should face some penalties for her actions though do not agree with her going to jail.

  21. Joy Inskeep

    Well, not going to comment on her situation, I'll leave that to the legal system which probably has more access to the facts. What I would like to know is why isn't the Michigan Welfare system paying more attention to who wins the lottery and whether they are in the system or not. There aren't that many winners that they all get lost in the shuffle.

  22. Ronda Jenkins

    unfortunately the number of people out there abusing the system is very great. Not all are lottery winners for sure but she just happened to get the publicity that exposed her. There are people who could use a little help a step up but because they have a income are not qualified. Especially people with kids. Sometimes trying to work a job & then pay for childcare is too much. I am for a voucher program or a county program for daycare for the people who are working & trying to do good. But what happens is they either want you entirely dependent on the system or not at all. Never made sense to me. I know someone who as soon as she got a job all aide stopped even though she was making little more then minimum wage. She was frustrated & was not sure she would be able to keep the dog as she could not pay a sitter & food & house payment. That was another issue because she owned a home she was being penalized. She bought the house long before her financial problems occurred & her house payment was less then it would have been to rent. The whole system is ass backwards.

  23. Chase Williams

    Why is someone that is so hard up for money buying lottery tickets? the money that this lady has spent over however long she has been buying them could have helped her out in other ways. She should have been taken off welfare after winning. And how did she get on it in the first place with having two houses? I rent an apartment, drove a beat up vehicle for 10 years til I saved enough to be able to get a new one….i live paycheck to paycheck but I make too much to get any help. I work for a living. Is she working? I know it is different for everyone but I am tired of getting screwed by insurance and health insurance and the government…and when I need help they tell me you are just out of luck.Tell this woman to get off her lazy ass and get a job!

  24. Ronda Jenkins

    unfortunately the number of people out there abusing the system is very great. Not all are lottery winners for sure but she just happened to get the publicity that exposed her. There are people who could use a little help a step up but because they have a income are not qualified. Especially people with kids. Sometimes trying to work a job & then pay for childcare is too much. I am for a voucher program or a county program for daycare for the people who are working & trying to do good. But what happens is they either want you entirely dependent on the system or not at all. Never made sense to me. I know someone who as soon as she got a job all aide stopped even though she was making little more then minimum wage. She was frustrated & was not sure she would be able to keep the job as she could not pay a sitter & food & house payment. That was another issue because she owned a home she was being penalized. She bought the house long before her financial problems occurred & her house payment was less then it would have been to rent. The whole system is ass backwards.

  25. Debi Hurley

    I understand everyone bad mouthing her because what she's doing is morally wrong. But what about the system that's LETTING her do this? If its legal and all above board, we need to be changing some laws so people like her STOP taking advantage.

  26. Ryan Carranza

    The balls this chick has is astounding! "I'm not working because I won $500,000 in one lump sum and I am not working, so I should get welfare checks because I spent my money on two houses and car". The logic of this woman is beyond stupid.

  27. Ryan Carranza

    The balls this chick has is astounding! "I'm not working because I won $500,000 in one lump sum and I am not working, so I should get welfare checks because I spent my money on two houses and car". The logic of this woman is beyond stupid.

  28. Elizabeth Liming

    Well here is why this enrages me. I have worked my behind off for over twenty plus years supporting myself and my children. At times I needed assistance but for the most part I did it on my own. I became ill a year ago and had to go on a medical leave from my job. After numerous diagnosis's and losing my job and insurance I applied for medical assistance…..DENIED! Health insurance companies won't cover me because of my many pre-existing conditions. I need constant medical monitoring and medications to get healthy and stay healthy so that I can work and function and take care of myself. DENIED. I was homeless for over a year….DENIED. I am now fighting for my third time with these people for medical care and assistance after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, yet another med I have to take or I could die. I'm not repeating this for sympathy. I have faith in my God and he has seen me through but when I read something like this it boils my blood to no end! This woman should bow her head in shame……FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS WOULD PAY ALL OF MY DOCTOR BILLS AND PAY FOR MEDICATIONS FOR A LONG TIME!

  29. Chris Brace

    let her ass go to jail…..she doesn't deserve freedom…..some on here don't want her in jail cause it would be paying for her living expenses….you already were paying her expenses….she might as well learn what it is like to live with nothing….if this was a man…he would already be under the jail.

  30. Orena Bonner

    It's people like this that make it hard for the ones that REALLY need it, to get it! Instead of going on a "shopping spree". she should've banked the money to live on until she could get a job, reported her winnings to the proper officials, ceased using this asssistance, & WHY BUY A SECOND HOUSE? To add to bills to be able to "CLAIM FOR MORE ASSISTANCE" DUHH…sounds like she enjoys living off other people!

  31. Natalie Rutan

    She should there people that really need it and cant get it why should someone like that be able to its het own fault she has more bills

  32. Ricky Hart

    She should be executed! I don't work so that filthy, disgusting people like this can live off the system. Take away her homes to pay back all the assistance she has recieved over her lifetime. Do something!

  33. Arlene Jones-Street

    Welfare departments depend on people being honest which they should not do.

  34. Erania Whited

    She may have won a Million Dollars from the State of Michigan, but if you read a certain paragraph (5th one down from top) After taxes she only got to keep 1/2 $500,000 and purchasing a home & car. But, everyone has their own opinion. If I won money like that, I would have taken the money pay off my truck. The rest would go in the bank!

  35. Kevin Bears

    If she failed to tell Social Services about her good fortune then she should have to reimburse the state for the food stamps she received after she won. If the law currently includes jail time then yes, she should be arrested.

  36. Don Lockhart

    The point is that she should not be getting food stamps still!

  37. James Johnson

    Erania, welfare is based on a combination of money earned and assets in Michigan. Therefore she shouldn't have been receiving help regardless of how she spent the money. If she can't afford the house she can sell it and make her money back.

  38. Kim Wilmot Fiorenzo

    They should certainly make her pay back every cent she received after winning the lottery. Shame on her when there are so many people truly in need.

  39. Phyllis Yelder

    Yes she should be criminally charged and have to pay that money back with interest. IT IS A CRIME TO FAIL TO REPORT INCOME, WHICH THE LOTTERY WOULD BE CONSIDERED, if you are getting any type of public assistance.

  40. Harriette Wichrowski Starr

    I agree Diann. If she wants to spend her money on stupid stuff like 2 houses, 2? Does she have kids? How many? Can they go to college? And when she does and she WILL run out of money, then she is not to go on welfare AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She can sell 1 house and a car and get a job like everyone else and pay her taxes. Live like a human being not a piece of trash. FIX THE SYSTEM so IF a winner is on welfare and gets a winning ticket then a flag will come up and take her off welfare. Welfare is to help get you on your feet it's not a job choice. Get a life and get a job.

  41. Dez Crawford

    People like this give welfare recipients a bad name — remember, it's the exceptions dummies who make the news, not the everyday impoverished person who is struggling along. The elderly, the disabled, etc. truly need the safety net. This lady should have reported her win immediately, but frankly, so should the lottery office. What saddens me most is that people who win the lottery immediately go and spend it all on a 4,000 square foot house they can't afford to ensure, pay utilities, or pay property tax on, cars they can't afford to insure, etc. No one should be allowed to pick up a lottery check for a six-figure sum or greater without taking a class on responsible spending and budget management. I would volunteer to teach that. For example, many lifetime renters would not even THINK about property tax, they'd just go out and pay cash for their dream house and the trappings to furnish it, a fancy new car, and quickly have NO money to live off, when it would make sense to buy a more modest home, pay off debts and bank the rest. If I ever win the lottery (I buy a ticket about twice a year just for grins) the first person I would call would be a CPA.

  42. Daryle Engelmyer

    unbelivable just disgusting I must say what goes around comes around I think in due time she willl never get assistance at all and then she will be forced on the streets going to church food handouts.

  43. Allison Craig Smith

    Sadly this is the mentality of a lot of people these days. They are owed something for nothing. It's just sad. It reminds me of when Byron was out of work for 11 months after being laid off and we tried to get state assistance and couldn't. The reason they gave us, we weren't migrant workers and we were married. If he left me, they would give me and the kids assistance. Word for word, that is what was told to us. So we struggled for 11 months with NO help from the state, and here is a person who is a millionaire and got assistance. It's just a messed up system. And people will do this if they feel they can get away with it.

  44. David Suursoo

    eh, she'll be broke in five years. i say keep her on the books.

    19/20 lottery winners are bankrupt in ten years or less. the way it sounds like she's spending it, she'll be needing assistance REAL soon.

    /sadly, if you're low-income for a while, you only know how to be that way. money simply MUST be spent, to you.
    //oddly, kids born into trust funds stay rich.
    ///what a paradox.

  45. Angie Brown

    They need to make her pay back the money from the time she won until last night. Then she needs to sell one of the houses or rent the damn thing out, and get a damn job. I'm a single mom with an autistic child and damnit, I work a full time job. It's not easy, but I do it. I certainly don't know her situation, but she looks young and healthy enough to me to be working so why should anyone be footing the bill for her. PPL like this make it hard for those who really need help to get it.

  46. Shelia Carey-Dorsey

    Dummies, should have cut her off. No, don't put her in jail, then the gov't will be paying or room and board, food, etc. Make her pay a fine, pay money back plus interest, community service and band her from ever collecting assistant again. The jails are crowded enough.

  47. Trinea Tennison

    make her pay back the money ALL the money she owes, PLUS put it in writing that she must do so many hours of community service AND that she must be banned from receiving ANY public assistance for a period of AT LEAST 5 YEARS.If She then decides to be irresponsible and blow all her winnings and NOT get a job, then it's her own fault.I know that she's not the only person who has abused the system-but it's got to stop SOMEWHERE.

  48. Juanita Jones Bisig

    She had to be on food stamps because she didn't have a job, but she had money to spend on the lottery. Just another example of sleazy people taking advantage of the system and the hard working people who support it.

  49. Mike Steinmetz

    My question is how many people are getting food stamps that do not really need it? THe people on food stamps should be audited at least 4 times a year. Stuff like junk food soda pop ect stuff that is not healthly should be eliminated for from the food stamp program period.I worked in a major retailer a while back a nd aman bought $100.00 worth of soda pop on his food stamp card. That made me very dismayed.

  50. Mike Steinmetz

    My question is how many people are getting food stamps that do not really need it? THe people on food stamps should be audited at least 4 times a year. Stuff like junk food soda pop ect stuff that is not healthly should be eliminated for from the food stamp program period.I worked in a major retailer a while back a nd aman bought $100.00 worth of soda pop on his food stamp card. That made me very dismayed.

  51. Tracy Goings

    this is nothing more than a case of welfare fraud. she had 10 days to report her winnings, which I dought she did because if she did they would have kicked her off food stamps immeditally.she is nothing but a stupid greedy bitch, with no ethics or morals. This is what she is teaching her children how to screw the system and win. Its discusting. zif it was you or me we would have been sent to jail and the key thrown away. Why should she be any differet. she is nothing but a loser and a low life. I don't understand how she figures she deserves her 200 a month! what the hell is she smoking? she should be locked up at her expence and have to pay every penny back than maybe she won't feel so intitled. makes me so mad I could spit nails.

  52. Dez Crawford

    People like this give welfare recipients a bad name — remember, it's the exceptions to the norm who make the news, not the everyday impoverished person who is struggling along. The elderly, the disabled, etc. truly need the safety net. This lady should have reported her win immediately, but frankly, so should the lottery office — in fact, it should be someone's fulltime JOB at the lottery office to report winners. What saddens me most is that people who win the lottery immediately go and spend it all on a 4,000 square foot house they can't afford to ensure, pay utilities, or pay property tax, cars they can't afford to insure, etc. No one should be allowed to pick up a lottery check for, let's say, $10,000 or greater, without taking a class on responsible spending and budget management. I would volunteer to teach that. For example, many lifetime renters would not even THINK about property tax, they'd just go out and pay cash for their dream house and the trappings to furnish it, a fancy new car, and quickly have NO money to live off, when it would make sense to buy a more modest home, pay off debts and bank the rest. If I ever win the lottery (I buy a ticket about twice a year just for grins) the first person I would call would be a CPA.

  53. Sheila Patterson

    Why is she buying lottery tickets in the first place? she "has no income" yet money for that? Glad the article says the state took her off the program.

  54. Judy Barba Ott

    If this is the second million dollar lottery winner (first one in 2010) who was still using the bridge card to get food after the win, then shame on our State Officails for allowing this to happen again! Some thing should have been in place by now to stop this from happening again. Don't just talk about looking into doing some thing, do it, that is why you were sent to Lansing to do your job! I agree she should pay it back, she has the means to pay for her own food, she doesn't need that bridge card!

  55. Johnnie McHan

    She broke the law when she did not report a change in income. My child care for grandson decreased ( I receive SS $700 mo.) and other grandson graduated from high school, moved in with friend and enrolled in college so he could have transportation with friend. He works part-time job at Sears Auto. So my food stamps went from $240 for 3 in house to $76 for 2 as soon as I notified my caseworker of our changes. This Mississippi though not northern state.

  56. Lori Alexander Bledsoe

    She should be ashamed of herself. She bought her winning ticket with tax payer’s money. She needs to re-pay back all of the money she collected from the state and should be charged interest. This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard of. No wonder our government is so screwed up and in debt. Something needs to be done. What was wrong with this girl that she couldn’t work and had to be supported by ME. I pay a butt load of taxes every year, and I don’t buy lottery tickets, why the hell was she? She is a freaking idiot. I am sorry to say but our good old government needs to stop welfare, there are jobs out there, people just need to lower their standards a bit and stop living off of the hard working people. Deport all of the illegal immigrants who are living in our country on our dime, get free education and free health insurance. Sorry but our country is falling apart. I wonder WHY?

  57. Maureen Minnie

    Don't suppose she ever thought about putting money away for school so she could get a JOB, and support herself or even save money for her future.

  58. Kimberly Locke

    they should make her pay everything she has received from the day she got the lottery money and do 20 hrs of community service for every month she lied to receive benefits! if she is already broke from her spending spree then she needs to sell a house to pay it or work off in community service for the equivalent of minimum wage earnings. if she got 500,000 she certainly is not in NEED of assistance. she is just taking it because she can! in Illinois, lying on a assistance form is a crime punishable by up to 500,000, up to 1 year in jail. 1st offense you are banned from all state programs for 2 years, 2nd offense is 10 years, third offense I think is lifetime!

  59. Benjamin Garcia

    I'm so disgusted by her atitude that she thinks its ok, she was playing the lottery with her aid money, so ya she does need to payback every cent she has gotten. I say that the state should help people but her butt needs to be on the side of a highway picking up trash to pay the state back,,,, this broad is disgusting and her parents should be disgusted with her and her atitude,,,,

  60. Brad Fulcher

    It is people like her and the others that run the states out of money for the people
    That realy need the money. So yes she should have to pay back the money she got
    After her winnings. That would be best thang for her to do…

  61. Pamela Lynn Lenning Drewek

    I really hear you on this unliike you i am not sick but i was in same situation not fair. now i know why i dont vote for what a goverment that caters to lazy ass people who feed off of us hard workers…. no thanks our goverment needs to be overturned…… i hate our system.

  62. Paula Qualls Gurley

    This bitch should be made to pay back every cent and be banned from ever receiving a dime from the state again and then she should go to prison. That's what happens to others who defraud the welfare state. Talk about free-loaders. This is the kind of person who makes it tough for those who are truly struggling.

  63. Amy Lambright

    she should be ashamed, greedy selfish and disgusting… she should have to pay back every cent she received after her winnings and she should have to take expensive classes on right and wrong! and yes the state messed up, but seriously anyone who has dealt with the system knows if you have a certain amount of money/income you get taken off.. it is called logic, common sense, and or a conscience which she clearly lacks in every department!

  64. Lisa Galvin

    I totally agree with you Lori… This is the biggest crock of shit..

  65. Anna Orlett

    She committed fraud–she needs to make restitution. Also, she went on that spending spree with the idea that she could fall back on welfare–that type of entitled thinking is what is wrong with the system. BTW–the miltiary overpaid me– I made a point of paying it back immediately because I would have been STEALING if I did not! And–I sure don't have the money to go on a spending spress and buy a house. She stole money from other people.

  66. Tonni Buonomo

    awwww poor baby she only got half a mil….Wake up she needs to repay itall AND do community service in food banks or somewhere that needy people go to,NOT Jaijl because then we'll be paying for her all over again!!

  67. Cathy Yappel

    Hell yes. Too bad she doesn't use her new winnings toward an education get a job & get off sucking the governments teat. Repay, & do community time working with the homeless esp. those with small children trying to make basics meet. She is just another scab on society.

  68. Tonni Buonomo

    I feel she should repay the money she used after her win AND do community service @ food banks ect, instesd of jail time for fraud because taxpayer would AGAIN be paying for her wellbeing….AND ordered into financial counselling since she will be broke soon!

  69. Debi Hurley

    Asking people err younger people in my sad opinion about moral obligation is about like asking what the hell happened to common sense. Morals are something that should be taught as a child grows up…….like telling a child no and ending this "entitlement" crap.

  70. Douglas Warner Jr.

    I believe not only should she not be on welfare as long as she has assets, she shouuld be required to pay back the government like disabled social security recipients are required too.

  71. Carol Orlett Conner

    I read that article and i agree with u. One time i thought the military over paid me i went right to finance and told them i was over paid and needed to give them the money back after they research it they told me i wasnt overpaid. Thats the way i am if its not mind i will give it back

  72. Gary Anderson

    We can thank the Democrats in DC for such idiotic spending of our tax dollars.

  73. Kim Bratten

    She should repay it plus do community service. She may also need a financial counselor or her money should be put in a trust if she is too stupid to handle her affairs and is in danger of going bankrupt, then back on food stamps.

  74. Jim Birchfield

    At the VERY least, make her pay back every dime that she's taken out of the welfare system before she blows it all on cars, houses and trips! THEN decide if criminal charges should be filed.

  75. Michele Downs

    she was so lucky to have won what she did, she needs to stop collecting what she is, totally not right, although she will blow through that money, is she has not already done so. the state should have taken the money from her for money owed while on welfare, I agree with those that feel that way.

  76. Wynema Mobley Qualls

    She had the nerve to say she thinks she still deserve to receive the benefit on tv…………. Wait… Maybe this was a different one I saw. But, she did say she deserved it……… Ha! Sometimes people make me absolutely crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Wynema Mobley Qualls

    She had the nerve to say she thinks she still deserve to receive the benefit on tv…………. Wait… Maybe this was a different one I saw. But, she did say she deserved it……… Ha! Sometimes people make me absolutely crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. Lori Janicke

    My husband has been unemployed for 2 years. We tried to get food stamps but were turned down because I work and he was collecting unemployment, we made too much money. She's collecting welfare and owns two houses and a brand new car? Something is definately wrong with this state government.

  79. Melissa Rutherford

    That sounds like me. I bought my house in 2001 when I was working 40+ hours a week and making $10.04 per hour plus benefits. I was also getting married at the time to a man who had a steady job (even though it only paid a little over minimum wage). Now, the state won't help me make payments because I'm buying the house and not renting. They wouldn't even help me when I lost my $10 an hour job and then found out I was pregnant. They only offered me $10 per month in food stamps. They really do penalize you if you are buying your home and not renting. Right now I'm working 24 hours a week at a little over minimum wage. Not nearly enough for my house payment, water bill, phone bill, power bill, gas in the car, toiletry expenses (shampoo, toilet paper, soap, pads, etc) and child care. It is a bunch of bull.

  80. Wynema Mobley Qualls

    Figured it out……. She wants her Welfare to buy more lotto tickets.. haha!!!

  81. Valerie Alston

    No! She should not go to jail. The welfare system must have been asleep when they announced her winnings across the media. Besides, she paid almost half of her winnings in taxes, wonder how much of it was paid to the state?

  82. Susan Jagot Midgley

    News today stated they have cut off her assistance.

  83. Anna Orlett

    Hmmm–that overpayment got me thinking. I repaid ASAP to avoid trouble at tax time. I think Miss Welfarian is going to have a rude awakening at her next tax filing!

  84. Carol Tennison Hooper

    The girl obviously has mental issues too if she seriously believes that she is still entitled to welfare. $500,000 and she is struggling? No, the average joe that is working an honest job so that he can survive and feed his family, working long hours every week, and still coming up short is the person that is struggling. What a piece of GARBAGE!

  85. Judy Barba Ott

    I saw that on Fox 47 tonight that they did finally cut her off, they should have done that last September when she won the lottery !!

  86. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Yep, this is the same one. She has 2 mortgages now and isn't working, so she needs her food stamps! She also bought a brand new car, so she will need help with that too.

  87. Anonymous

    Typical white women that live in Michigan. Probably will end of marrying her cousin.

  88. Keith Wilk

    A case study in the concept that poverty (need) isn't a lack of money for some – simply an enabled behavior. This woman WILL be broke again because an infusion of cash doesn't change habits (it simply compensates for a while). The slippery slope of liberal entitlement – where the safety net becomes a trampoline and the war on poverty is truly a war on freedom…

  89. Kim Bratten

    Keith Wilk you had me up until "a while" Some people are just ignorant and that's that. Some people are meant to be broke.

  90. Keith Wilk

    Kim Bratten, "a while" until she's broke again – the logical outcome based upon her unchanged behavior…

  91. Keith Wilk

    There's irony in the check dated 9/11 – the pervasive need to "take" has damaged our country far beyond anything concocted by foreign terrorists…

  92. Teri Chandler

    She should be made to pay back every penny she got, made to do community service and be banned from ever being able to collect anything from the state again! If she uses her winnings correctly she won't have to…also get a job….she can flip burgers like anyone else!

  93. Teri Chandler

    Anna Orlett…..yeah….then she'll be asking the state for help again! She should NEVER be allowed to receive state aid again! I turned in a full paycheck not long ago because I was paid for a week I didn't even work! Would have been nice to keep but that would be wrong! That girl is just dumb…I certainly wouldn't have admitted I had two houses and felt I deserved that state aid..she doesn't need 2 houses if she can't feed herself!

  94. Anna Orlett

    Teri Chandler – I agree. What is said that this money could have been an opportunity to make a better life–buy one small house, bank the rest, and get a job without a house payment! Use the bank to pay off any other bills–man, she could have it made if she did it right.

  95. Kristin Corder-Coker

    Maybe because this is a different circumstance but James do you believe every one who has a house should not recieve food benifits? They can just sell their house and buy food? I just want to make sure that I'm correct by your comment.

  96. James Johnson

    Kristin Corder-Coker No not at all. The issue as the article states is that she owns 2 homes. A second home can be rented out to earn income or sold to earn a flat out payment. To just sit on a second house and pay property taxes on it without earning income from it should disqualify her.

  97. James Johnson

    Michele there is one positive to come from it. When she blows through all that money she won't be allowed back into the state welfare system anymore. Once you cheat the system Michigan cuts you off.

  98. Michele Downs

    well that is good to know james and maybe she can sell one of her two homes that she owns to help make her bills, if she does not get foreclosed on first….

  99. James Johnson

    Michele Downs Exactly. She should never have purchased the second house until she sold the first. It blows me away what people will do with money.

  100. Michele Downs

    yeah and how does she even own a home and she is on the system….that is even more crazy…lol

  101. Lisa Hardman- Mueller

    Yeah for all the dumb asses that think the dems and obama are the answer wake up their ruining our country.