Lotto Winner Who Stayed on Food Stamps Dies
Drug overdose suspected in death of Amanda Clayton
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2012 7:37 AM CDT
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Amanda Clayton holds her $1 million lottery check. Clayton, who continued to get food stamps after her win, has died of a suspected overdose.   (AP Photo/courtesy Michigan Lottery via Detroit Free Press)

(Newser) – Amanda Clayton, the Michigan woman who inspired mass derision and a fraud conviction for continuing to take public assistance after winning $1 million on a state lottery-run game show, has died. She was found dead yesterday, reports the Free Press, and a drug overdose is suspected. No further details on her death were available.

Clayton was earlier this year sentenced to nine months' probation and ordered to repay some $5,500 in food stamps after it was discovered she had failed to inform public assistance authorities of her September 2011 win. "I feel that it's OK because, I mean, I have no income, and I have bills to pay," she said at the time she was charged. "I have two houses." Michigan, apparently unconvinced, responded with a law requiring lotto officials to report winners to DHS.

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Oct 1, 2012 7:40 PM CDT
I saw the interview where the news anchor bombarded her...she was just an uninformed citizen who wasn't doing anything that out of line. She wasn't the type of person to put together the fact that food money has to be paid for by tax payers...this girl was dumb but probably harassed into her situation. So many people have fucked lives...and the angry finger pointing people made it seem like she is a really bad person. If anything it is a policy problem that she could collect food money not an ethical one on her part...She was just stupid! That isn't a crime.
Oct 1, 2012 12:10 PM CDT
Hopefully without a will so the money goes back to the state.
Oct 1, 2012 10:36 AM CDT
what a dumbass! lets see now 1m-$5,500 9 month stay at home to figure out what to do with rest of money after tax and she kills herself! NUTTER BIG TIME!