Skip to comments.Lottery Winner Claims Welfare: 'I'm Struggling,' She Says
Posted on 03/07/2012 9:01:10 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
One million dollars may be a lot to most people, but apparently it is not enough for lottery winner Amanda Clayton, who is still receiving welfare assistance. The 24-year-old Michigan native won a $1 million state lottery prize in Sept., but has remained on the state's welfare system. Reports show that Clayton receives over $200 per month in food stamps and other state assistance. "I'm still struggling," she told WDIV, the local TV station.
After being tipped off about Clayton's benefits, reporters began following her around and investigating her claim. "I feel that it's okay [to receive welfare] because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay. I have two houses," she told reporters.
This is after the television crew discovered that she had bought a house and car, paying cash for both. The station reported that Clayton received over $500,000 after taking a lump sum payment instead of annual installments.
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Not in Fl. The lottery doesn’t count as “income”.
This woman is truly poor, but that is not a surprise anymore. The entitlement mentality is very destructive to individuals.
Being broke is a temporary financial situation, being poor is a state of mind!
I feel that its okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay, she added. I have two houses.
Oh the huge manatee .... another welfare entitlement Queen.
He's Exhibit A for a lot of things, isn't he?
He does cry after he has sex. Mace bothers his eyes.
Liberals have no shame.
Thanks.I guess we’ll be on the for her birth control?
She should reimburse the state for the free help given. Then pay taxes on what’s left.
In Canada, it’s not taxed either.
This is why I’m working hard at winning it.
The state should have deducted all the assistance she was previously given from the Lottery check in the first place.
Obviously she was using assistance money to purchase the tickets to begin with.
I think food stamps are income tested only, not asset tested. So she could “invest” in assets and still be on the dole.
Better she purchased a house, rather than blow it on parties.
Better still if she signed up for an annuity of say 40K per year.
It seems that as long as they exist means-tested social service programs should have maximum asset restrictions as well as maximum income restrictions.
(For my own part, if we as a society really want the state to provide income support, we should take Milton Friedman’s advice, shut down all “poverty programs” with their bureaucratic overhead and perverse incentivization of poverty, and pay everyone a stipend, which is then taxable income, and tweak the tax code so everyone is back on the tax rolls. I’d pick the stipend level so that if everyone over 16 years of age in a household held down a half-time minimum wage job the household would just barely top the poverty line.)
I know that used to be the rule in New York. Basically, welfare was like a loan, when your circumstances changed you were supposed to pay it back, which was a strong disincentive to change circumstances.
Words fail. I don’t have the vocabulary to adequately express my discuss and contempt for this women, for the class she represents and for the system that protects and coddles her!
$500,000 not enough to afford a house? Poppycock! In Michigan, she should be able to buy adequate housing for $120,000. Buy three more for the same price. Spend 10k to pay off bills and 10k to buy adequatee transportation. This gives her a monthly income of about $2400/month. Certainly sufficient to pay her monthly bills. This gives her the financial freedom to go to school, get a degree and get a job. With a base income of $2400, the world becomes a much more interesting oyster.
As mentioned in another post, she is just poor, and has no idea of how to use her money for her benefit.
discuss s/b disgust
Too bad the state did not tax her winnings to recoup the amount of total welfare she had already received; and repaid the treasury (and the taxpayers who are supporting her and her ilk)...
A million dollars isn’t what it used to be...
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day...Give a man a welfare check, a 40-oz beer and a crack pipe, and he’ll vote Democrat for life...Wild Bill For America
really? I’m out to get a Powerball!
You can buy the house, but if your overall income is inadequate to keep the house, you will eventually lose the house. That is what I’m saying.
You’re far better off, if it’s only a million dollars, to forego the house until you have a diploma in something marketable and then buy one, if your new income will support your purchase.
You are almost always better off to keep your lifestyle as low-key as reasonably possible regardless of your actual income.