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    $1M lottery winner still on welfare

    10:48 AM, Mar 7, 2012   |    comments
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    LINCOLN PARK, MI (CNN/WDIV) -- A new house and a new car! That's what a Michigan woman bought following a big $1 million lottery win. But the winnings apparently weren't enough to cover her grocery bill. The woman was spotted using a state issued food assistance card to buy food.

    Listen to her reasoning. Amanda Clayton says, "Well, 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 won a million but after I took the lump sum, it dropped down to $700,000 and then after taxes it was just a little bit over half." The reporter asks, "Tax payers are really struggling that really need that money. Do you really think you have a right to that money?" Clayton responds, "I mean, I kind of do. I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay. I have two houses."

    Michigan state leaders are working on a bill that would keep lottery winners from getting state assistance.

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