$1M Lotto Winner Charged With Welfare Fraud
'I've got bills to pay,' Amanda Clayton explained
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2012 12:52 AM CDT
Updated Apr 18, 2012 1:22 AM CDT
Amanda Clayton holds her $1 million lottery check.    (AP Photo/courtesy Michigan Lottery via Detroit Free Press)

(Newser) – Some people decide not to quit their jobs after a lottery win. Amanda Clayton apparently decided not to stop collecting welfare. The 25-year-old Michigan woman, who won a $1 million jackpot last year, has been charged with felony welfare fraud for failing to report her winnings while receiving $5,475 in food and medical assistance, ABC reports. "It's simply common sense that million-dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance," Michigan's attorney general said.

Clayton caused outrage last month when she told a local TV reporter that she felt entitled to collect public assistance. "I feel that it's OK because, I mean, I have no income, and I have bills to pay. I have two houses," she said, explaining that she had only taken home some $500,000 after taxes and a reduction for taking the money in a lump sum. Michigan has now introduced a law that alerts authorities overseeing public assistance whenever a resident wins more than $1,000 in the state lottery.

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Jespersen
Apr 18, 2012 7:43 PM CDT
The Amanda Claytons of this country are ruining the chances of the families who really need assistance from Social Services, food stamp program etc. She should serve some jail time for fraud. Such greed is dispicable.
bennocap
Apr 18, 2012 5:18 PM CDT
She is the typical liberal idiot, that believes she is entitled for something she hasn't earned. I'm glad to see my tax dollars are able to support her sorry butt.
boxcar
Apr 18, 2012 4:57 PM CDT
A fitting fine would be to repay ALL of the welfare assistance she ever received, including childhood