Mich. lottery winner on welfare gets probation
DETROIT – A Detroit-area woman who collected welfare despite winning a $735,000 lottery prize has been sentenced to probation.
Attorney Todd Flood says Amanda Clayton has repaid about $5,500 in food aid and medical benefits. The 24-year-old pleaded no contest to fraud last month and was placed on probation Tuesday for nine months.Ooh, boy, nine months probation. That'll teach her! Don't defraud the state out of thousands of dollars, or we'll issue another stern warning! On your third offense we're going to have to graduate to a severe talking-to.
What's infuriating is that the law - recently passed, no less, undoubtedly after the media scrutiny of folks like Ms. Clayton - requires that lottery winners inform the state. Um, WHAT? It's a *STATE* lottery. Why doesn't the lottery commission run a quick check of winners against the state welfare rolls and do it automatically?
You're depending on the honesty of people here? Really? These are people that are on public assistance yet still pissing their money away on lottery tickets - this isn't exactly the Boy Scouts here. I mean, aside from the issue of someone being 24 years old, seemingly in good health, and requiring food stamp assistance while continuing to play the lottery...
But boy, that nine months on probation, that'll learn 'em good!
That is all.