Man wins lottery and continues to get food stamps

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    $2M Michigan lottery winner defends use of food stamps

    A Michigan man who won $2 million in a state lottery game continues to collect food stamps 11 months after striking it rich.

    And there's nothing the state can do about it, at least for now.

    Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery TV show "Make Me Rich!" last June. But the state's Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps, Fick's attorney, John Wilson of Midland, said Tuesday.

    Eligibility for food stamps is based on gross income and follows federal guidelines; lottery winnings are considered liquid assets and don't count as income. As long as Fick's gross income stays below the eligibility requirement for food stamps, he can receive them, even if he has a million dollars in the bank.

    Food stamps are paid for through tax dollars and are meant to help support low-income families.

    "If you're going to try to make me feel bad, you're not going to do it," Fick told WNEM-TV in Saginaw on Monday.

    Wilson said Fick told the DHS officials he'd won $2 million but was told he could keep using the Bridge Card issued to him to buy groceries.

    Fick could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

    Al Kimichik, director of the office of inspector general for DHS, said the department could not comment on individual cases but that it this week began the process of requesting a waiver from the federal government to close the lottery loophole. If it is granted, assets would be counted in determining food stamp eligibility.

    Though the food stamp program is federal and states must follow U.S. guidelines, states sometimes request waivers of rules. Michigan was granted a waiver recently to stop college students from qualifying for food stamps.

    "For Leroy Fick to continue to use a Bridge Card, paid for by the taxpayers, after winning the lottery, is obscene," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. "What a waste of taxpayer money."

    Jones contacted DHS officials Monday about Fick's case, and was told the department's hands were tied by federal regulations.

    "There is no liquid asset requirement for getting food stamps," Jones said. "The department is asking the federal government for an immediate change (in policy). They're hoping this case will help the federal government act."

    Until then, Fick can collect food stamps and keep his lottery winnings in the bank.

    "I am not going to sit and debate the ethics of this," Wilson said. "But from his standpoint, he did what he was supposed to do -- he informed the state, and the state said he could keep using the card. The problem is with the state."

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    That's our beloved asshole demonRats for ya..He's a selfish little prick.
     
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    Michigan Man Still Receives Food Stamps After Winning $2 Million Jackpot

    A Michigan man who won $2 million from a state lottery is reportedly still eligible to receive food stamps.

    Leroy Fick of Bay County, Mich., said in an interview with WNEM-TV that he still uses his bridge card at stores despite winning a jackpot on "Make Me Rich!" last June.

    "I even called them and asked about the bridge card and (the Department of Human Services) said you can go ahead and keep it if you want to," Fick reportedly told the station.

    Fick claims he paid more than half of his winnings in taxes -- leaving him about $850,000 -- according to the station.

    State Department of Human Services spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau told MyFoxDetroit.com that under federal guidelines, lottery winnings are not counted as income if a person receives a lump-sum payment.

    Nearly 1.9 million Michigan residents are enrolled in the food assistance program. More than 805,000 are children, according to the Detroit Free Press.

    In 2009, the Office of Inspector General investigated more than 2,600 food assistance complaints, finding more than $5 million in fraud.
     
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    I dont understand how anyone can take the dole when they dont have to. What the heck is wrong with people that they have no self respect whatsoever?
     
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    He has no money to buy food, but he has money to buy lottery tickets?
     
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    You would think there would be some moral trigger that would make these people do right...

    Its almost like some people are born broken...
     
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    I've been bitching about these welfare clowns for years.

    They buy lotto tickets while intelligent individuals are investing their money in stocks and other opportunities.

    Of course these are the same assholes that will bitch about "rich people."

    10 bucks says this assclown wastes all his money on junk and is back on welfare before 2013...
     
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    This is the entitlement mentality, this is what is wrong with America. Socialism.

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    that the states fault , they'll want their cut sooner or later .
    they ask for assets requirement ? what if your homeless ?

    I think you ire shouldn't be at the welfare guy but the people collecting taxes in that state if they let him slip under the rug thats their fault .
     
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    How about its both their fault?

    A) the state should be more aware of welfare fraud and B) this dickhead should have canceled his welfare the second he won the lotto..

    It really shows how generally immoral the welfare crowed actually is...

    Its fucked up how we sustain such immorality.....

    I don't believe in judging a book by its cover but most people on welfare are just ignorant selfish assholes. They don't give a fuck where the money comes from just as long as they get it..
     

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