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Lottery Winner Claims Welfare: 'I'm Struggling,' She Says
Christian Post ^ | March 6, 2012 | Sami K. Martin

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: lottery; welfare
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1 posted on 03/07/2012 9:01:16 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Give her two years and she will be flat ass broke.


2 posted on 03/07/2012 9:03:37 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

She needed a leg up....into her hammock.


3 posted on 03/07/2012 9:05:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

We have to Spread the Wealth and give our Fair Share to the poor woman.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 9:05:00 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ($500,000=new Obummer poverty level????? Who knew?)
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To: org.whodat

In other news, Georgetown law student says she and other students cannot afford $9/month in contraceptives.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 9:06:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The public has not responded kindly to the mother of two.
But, but, she's a single mother - she's a victim. Oooooh, the humanity!
6 posted on 03/07/2012 9:06:31 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I believe that my state,when you win the lottery.You have to pay all the assistance back that you recieved.


7 posted on 03/07/2012 9:07:18 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: cripplecreek

RE: She needed a leg up

That’s what a lot of Georgetown female law students seem to be doing ... only they’re not asking for tax payer help in this area. :)


8 posted on 03/07/2012 9:07:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No matter how much money a fool obtains, the fool will, eventually, lose it all.

Exhibit A: Mike Tyson.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 9:08:19 AM PST by Signalman
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Whatever happened to homeless people? There don’t seek to be any in this recession...

It’s time we personalize government incompetence by taking stories like this, viral.

Let’s beat the Alinskyites at their own game.


10 posted on 03/07/2012 9:10:51 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“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. “

I be ENTITLED, DAMMIT!!


11 posted on 03/07/2012 9:11:46 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The worst thing you can do, if your income is inadequate, is buy a house if you’ve only won 1 million dollars.

I figure the best way to see what kind of life I could win, is expect myself to live until I’m 90, even though I probably won’t and divide my lottery prize by the years I have left.

In my current situation, I could either add about 20 grand a year to my current income. Not enough to buy a house, but it would give me a better apartment. I’d probably also return to school and stay there until something is achieved, however long it took.

But not enough to own a house.


12 posted on 03/07/2012 9:12:12 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: SeekAndFind
In other news, Georgetown law student says she and other students cannot afford $9/month in contraceptives.

According to Fluke, one woman:

"told us about how embarrassed and just powerless she felt when she was standing at the pharmacy counter and learned for the first time that contraception was not covered on her insurance and she had to turn and walk away because she couldn’t afford that prescription. Women like her have no choice but to go without contraception.
The woman had "no choice but to go without contraception?" Apparently, the women Fluke talked about needed to Google "free birth control pills" and step away from the keyboard. Then she needed to call Planned Parenthood if you wasn't satisfied with her choices. If you didn't like the color and shapes of the free ones, many states offer birth control pills at $9/month. Surely some liberal in Hollywood can pony up $9 a month to keep the First Amendment in place. Or Fluke. Fluke met this woman. Couldn't Fluke and the activist next to her forgo a latte this month? Don't try and tell me that the woman Fluke talked about had "no choice" and we have to abandon the First Amendment rights of religiously-affiliated employers based on this little anecdote.
13 posted on 03/07/2012 9:12:12 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Signalman
Exhibit A: Mike Tyson.

Exhibits: B through ZZZ. Almost all NBA and NFL retirees

14 posted on 03/07/2012 9:12:55 AM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Signalman
Exhibit A: Mike Tyson.

He's Exhibit A for a lot of things, isn't he?

15 posted on 03/07/2012 9:13:34 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Once a parasite, always a parasite.
16 posted on 03/07/2012 9:13:39 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I can’t afford to pay for this s-it.

I can’t wait until the economy goes completely underground. That will be fun.


17 posted on 03/07/2012 9:14:15 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You can bet that her babies-daddies will want a cut.


18 posted on 03/07/2012 9:15:03 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I have two houses," she told reporters.

Yes, one of which you bought with your lottery winnings.

19 posted on 03/07/2012 9:16:06 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m glad she’s white so no one can say we are racist. This is typical of the shape Amerika is in today. Even my own mother argues issues I try to talk to her about. The Kommunists have truly taken over the world.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 9:16:06 AM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Not in Fl. The lottery doesn’t count as “income”.


21 posted on 03/07/2012 9:16:30 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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!


22 posted on 03/07/2012 9:17:05 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The State needs to give this woman a choice; significant jail time for fraud or give up one of her two homes to the State and NEVER be eligible for financial assistance again. Until we start aggressively punishing the abuses, they will only increase.
23 posted on 03/07/2012 9:17:12 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hidden-cameras-show-mich-million-dollar-lottery-winner-still-using-food-stamps/

“I feel that it’s 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.


24 posted on 03/07/2012 9:17:34 AM PST by tumblindice (Baby made boom boom)
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To: Scoutmaster
Exhibit A: Mike Tyson.

He's Exhibit A for a lot of things, isn't he?

He does cry after he has sex. Mace bothers his eyes.

25 posted on 03/07/2012 9:18:16 AM PST by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Liberals have no shame.


26 posted on 03/07/2012 9:18:42 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: goseminoles

Thanks.I guess we’ll be on the for her birth control?


27 posted on 03/07/2012 9:19:24 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Scoutmaster
Holy cow. She's not the only one. While trying to learn about her I find out she's not the only lottery winner in Michigan allowed to stay on welfare. Here's a $2 million lottery winner who was allowed to stay on electronic food stamps.

http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=619315#.T1eX68zlVTI

28 posted on 03/07/2012 9:19:57 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: goseminoles

She should reimburse the state for the free help given. Then pay taxes on what’s left.


29 posted on 03/07/2012 9:20:08 AM PST by Surrounded_too
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To: goseminoles

In Canada, it’s not taxed either.

This is why I’m working hard at winning it.


30 posted on 03/07/2012 9:22:20 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: org.whodat

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.


31 posted on 03/07/2012 9:25:34 AM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


32 posted on 03/07/2012 9:25:47 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.)


33 posted on 03/07/2012 9:25:47 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Dr. Ursus

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.


34 posted on 03/07/2012 9:28:41 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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!


35 posted on 03/07/2012 9:28:51 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: Jonty30

$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.


36 posted on 03/07/2012 9:30:00 AM PST by GilesB
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To: pgkdan

discuss s/b disgust


37 posted on 03/07/2012 9:31:08 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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


38 posted on 03/07/2012 9:33:02 AM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: goseminoles

really? I’m out to get a Powerball!


39 posted on 03/07/2012 9:35:05 AM PST by KodakKing (Freedom isn't free. Just ask any soldier. www.anysoldier.com)
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To: GilesB

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.


40 posted on 03/07/2012 9:38:24 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Scoutmaster
Another option (seemingly limited to committed relationships) would be that the MALE could pay for the birth control pills. Would cost him much less than child support. Just sayin’... But I guess that would not apply for the ones who just want to be able to sleep around.
41 posted on 03/07/2012 9:39:55 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: GilesB

I should also mention that houses in Canada are also much higher than in many places in the States.

In my local market, an average house is now about 400 grand and a townhouse is about 300 grand. That affects what I think I could do.

But one thing I would do is get something marketable that I could run out of my home and maximize those tax deductions like mad.


42 posted on 03/07/2012 9:45:59 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Yes, big difference in prices. With 3 rentals, one should be able to afford the upkeep and taxes on the 4th house - AND utilities and food.

If I had that kind of base income and no house payment - my options would EXPLODE!


43 posted on 03/07/2012 10:04:02 AM PST by GilesB
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To: org.whodat

Yep. Lottery winnings aren’t calculated as income.


44 posted on 03/07/2012 10:06:56 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
Yep. Lottery winnings aren?t calculated as income.

Actually they are. The large payouts deduct both federal and state taxes from your winnings. Fed has a special category for such winnings. You really didn't think the house would let you get off lightly, did you?

45 posted on 03/07/2012 10:19:26 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Dr. Ursus
I guess we’ll be on the for her birth control?

Having two kids that are being raised on welfare insures that you pay for her lack of birth control. Remember, the more babies you have, the more welfare and food stamps you get.

46 posted on 03/07/2012 10:25:30 AM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Covenantor

I meant for the welfare office


47 posted on 03/07/2012 10:35:56 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: The_Reader_David

The government should not be paying everyone a stipend, that is a statist, leftist wet dream.

Imagine Democrats every elections promising to raise the stipend as opposed to the greedy, evil Republicans.

When everyone gets a check from the government, liberty is DEAD


48 posted on 03/07/2012 10:38:30 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Jonty30

“You are almost always better off to keep your lifestyle as low-key as reasonably possible regardless of your actual income.”

In other words, “Live like now one else so that some day you can LIVE lik no one else!”

hehe, see my tag line....


50 posted on 03/07/2012 10:51:00 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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