Sunday, September 30, 2012

Troubled Mich. Lottery Winner Found Dead

Troubled Mich. Lottery Winner Found Dead, A woman who pleaded no contest to welfare fraud after winning $1 million died in her home. Michigan $1 Million Lotto Winner Who Was Charged With Welfare Fraud Found Dead, A woman who admitted to receiving food stamps after winning $1 million on a Michigan state lotto game show was found dead today. The circumstances surrounding Amanda Clayton's death were not immediately released by police, but ABC News' Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV reported that sources within the police department said they suspect the woman died of an overdose. An autopsy is pending on Clayton's body, which was found at a home in Ecorse, Mich., police said. Clayton, who became a millionaire after her big win last September, caused outrage earlier this year when it was revealed she was continuing to get $200 in monthly food aid from the state. According to the attorney general's office, Clayton failed to report her winnings and employment while receiving $5,475 in food and medical assistance. "It's simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement. "We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to uphold state laws intended to ensure wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars."


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