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Entitlement Society: Lottery Winner Says She’ll Keep Taking Food Stamps
Say Anything ^ | March 7, 2012 | Rob Port

Posted on 03/07/2012 11:41:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Everybody is outraged by the fact that she has a lot of money now – $700,000 after taxes, apparently – but will stay on the government dole. What struck me was the fact that she was spending money on lottery tickets while on food stamps.

If you have money to gamble, why does the government have to feed you?

(VIDEO AT LINK)

Really, this is just a “sign of the times” for where our society is at right now. We have an entire political party on the left that, as part of their 2012 campaign platform, is claiming that Republicans are fighting a “war on women” because they expect women to pay for their own contraception.

Contraceptives are extremely affordable, costing just dollars per month for the pill, and condoms are cheap too if not handed out for free by government agencies and private organizations across the country. Yet, still, Democrats insist we must have a contraceptive entitlement.

And if you disagree, you hate women.

What bothers me most about this clip is that this woman apparently feels no shame in being on the government dole even after getting a cash windfall.

Everybody wants to live at the expense of everybody else, I guess.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: foodstamps; lottery; michigan; welfare
Sandra Fluke, pick up the white courtesy phone.
1 posted on 03/07/2012 11:41:08 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only in America ...


2 posted on 03/07/2012 11:43:53 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That woman will go through that 700K in under 2 years.


3 posted on 03/07/2012 11:46:25 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: LukeL

She’ll lose both homes and the car by this time next year.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 11:47:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (The common notion that free speech prevails in the US makes me laugh.~Mencken)
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To: LukeL

and lose both houses. I also bet the homes will be run down or destroyed. But she will probably have a few more piercings and tattoos to show for it all.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 11:51:40 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

State, local and federal governments are broke, so why instead of cutting the size and spending of government, does government become involved in gambling schemes?


6 posted on 03/07/2012 11:52:11 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have the feeling that whatever entity (local/state/federal govt) provides her food stamps will see this differently. I am pretty sure she is required to tell them of any change in her ‘circumstances,’ and $700K is a change in most people’s circumstances.

Until she spends all that $700K, which likely won’t be long, her assets would be too high to qualify for food stamps unless she puts the bulk of it into buying a house. I think a house/car are exempt.


7 posted on 03/07/2012 11:53:17 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not real money, it’s Obama’s stash. It’s for us.


8 posted on 03/07/2012 11:54:40 PM PST by occamrzr06
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She should be arrested. She should have reported the change in income, so basically she’s committed welfare fraud.


9 posted on 03/08/2012 12:22:33 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I used to do audits in centers. You wouldn’t believe the multiple wives that got benefits. I bet that’s why Michigan let’s people get away with it.

Don’t you need a social security number to get it or just ID?

They need a serious housecleaning in Michigan.


10 posted on 03/08/2012 12:23:37 AM PST by AliVeritas (Pray. God's will be done. Abortion leaves two victims, the mother and the child.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought this was wrong at first, until I learned she paid around $300k in taxes. Kind of seems fair... just sayin.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 12:31:32 AM PST by abishai
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To: EDINVA

Actually, interviews with state legislatures came to the conclusion that she is doing nothing illegal. However, they are currently rushing to add legislation that if a person on ‘Bridge’ gains more in a year than 1,000 on lottery or gambling winnings they have to report it as income. apparently when the Bridge benefits were written, gambling gains were not taken into consideration. At least this lady’s rapacity will yield expedited legislation that will abate the tax paying public’s anger.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 12:39:09 AM PST by HenryArmitage (it was not meant that we should voyage far.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Something is not being reported in this story.

In most states, Food Stamps are denied to people under 60 years of age who have more than $3000 in assets, excluding their home and car.


13 posted on 03/08/2012 12:48:54 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: dragnet2
State, local and federal governments are broke, so why instead of cutting the size and spending of government, does government become involved in gambling schemes?

The games are skewed toward the house.

It's like casinos. Sure, some folks leave with more than they came in with, but on average, the house rake on a slot machine is 30% (some more, some less) of every dollar fed in...

Big winners are great advertisement to bring in a multitude of 'small' losers.

14 posted on 03/08/2012 12:54:33 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> this woman apparently feels no shame in being on the government dole

It’s a mentality the Democrats have worked hard at fostering. Impressive, no?


15 posted on 03/08/2012 12:57:33 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Smokin' Joe

If you’re gonna play, play craps.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 1:00:56 AM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This story is about the size of the winnings and the resultant black eye for the state. If they were serious about this and the ultimate goal should be food aid going for food and not lottery tickets then they would have been scanning the rolls far sooner. The loss of benefits for a few months after winning $1000 would deter at least a few people from gambling. The state (all of them really) have known all along that people are using aid money in this way. They never cared because it cycled the money right back to the state.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 2:16:26 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: AliVeritas

They need a serious housecleaning in Michigan.... They will NOT do that. Have to justify their jobs and all that. The government set up booths at county fairs to have people stop by and apply for welfare, food stamps, etc. in PA a few years ago. The head of DPW told her people to “Qualify, don’t verify.” any applicant.


18 posted on 03/08/2012 2:27:01 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Gene Eric

So I hear, but I’ve done better at nickel KENO and five card draw. I’m not much of a gambler, though.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 2:32:29 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: abishai

$300k in taxes?

SELL the 2 damned house; get a condo, Bank or stash the money, idiot b!tch! (Sorry for that, this early in the morning...)


20 posted on 03/08/2012 3:51:19 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

2 damned house = 2 damned houses


21 posted on 03/08/2012 4:41:30 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: EDINVA

Hoping that you are correct. I also suspect with all the publicity this case is getting that someone within the local government will take notice of this travesty. She will have the distinct pleasure of paying some nice property taxes on the assets she is acquiring.


22 posted on 03/08/2012 4:52:53 AM PST by toolman1401
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

They got her!

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/08/michigan-woman-who-won-1m-lottery-but-kept-using-food-stamps-loses-benefits-141935620/#ixzz1oW1eiqjJ?test=latestnews


23 posted on 03/08/2012 4:57:20 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

Obama will call her and apologize for taking away her food stamps!


24 posted on 03/08/2012 5:04:29 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: ReneeLynn

Maybe she should be made to pay back all the assistment she gotten over the years.
The money she used was meant for food. She used it on a tax on the stupid.
PS...I play the lottery. Since I cut back on drinking and cigars,its the only vice I allow myself.But I use my own cash.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 5:05:21 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She's not the only lottery winner in Michigan collecting welfare. Michigan (like Florida) doesn't count lottery winnings as income.

Leroy Fick won $2 million in Michigan in June 2010 and stayed on electronic food stamps. He said people who complained are busybodies, after he collected $850,000 cash and stayed on welfare.

""If I'm eligible, I'm eligible. Right?"

http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=619315#.T1i2sszlVTJ


26 posted on 03/08/2012 5:44:13 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Scoutmaster
"Michigan (like Florida) doesn't count lottery winnings as income."

Uhh.. Yeah it does..

"Under DHS policy, a recipient of food assistance benefits must notify the state within 10 days of any asset or income change. DHS relies on clients being forthcoming about their actual financial status," DHS director Maura Corrigan said." Michigans problem is that they have to way to 'verify' lottery winnings at this point. But they do consider winnings as 'income'.
27 posted on 03/08/2012 5:57:15 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

Let me try this again.

Michigan has NO WAY to ‘verify’ lottery winnings, but they do consider it ‘income.


28 posted on 03/08/2012 5:58:28 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2
Sorry that my research was not thorough and thank you for pointing that out. Was that the case when Fick won his?

In the article I posted, it says quotes a politician as saying he's taking immediate action. "I've already contacted the legislative service bureau to start work on legislation to change the policy."

29 posted on 03/08/2012 6:21:22 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Scoutmaster

The policy has always been the same as far as lottery winnings being considered ‘income’.

The problem is the ‘reporting’ of income from the Lottery office.

Without rules mandating the Lottery office report winnings to the state, there is no way the state can check to see if welfare recipients had won.

That’s why they are now going to introduce legislation to mandate it be reported.

My assumption would be that the Lottery office will have a ‘checklist’ of welfare recipients on file to compare ‘winners’ names too.


30 posted on 03/08/2012 6:34:03 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: HenryArmitage

Eligibility for benefits usually entails assets as well as income. IIRC you are entitled to your primary residence and a vehicle up to $X. Somewhere along the line, I read that she was ‘busted’ by the state. (Most legislators, lest we hadn’t noticed, don’t know the details of bills they sign, much less bills that preceded their time in office).


31 posted on 03/08/2012 6:08:27 PM PST by EDINVA
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