Michigan Lottery Winner Still Accepts State Aid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUBURN, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan man continues to accept state aid even though he won big in a state lottery game.
Leroy Fick won the $2 million jackpot in the "Make Me Rich!" contest in June.
Despite receiving about $850,000 in winnings, the Auburn resident is still using his Michigan Bridge Card, an electronic alternative to food stamps.
Fick's lawyer says his client hasn't done anything illegal.
Attorney John Wilson tells The Bay City Times the state knows Fick won the lottery money, since it "issued the check."
State Department of Human Services inspector general's office director Al Kimichik says food assistance on the Bridge card is guided by federal regulations.
DHS spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau says under federal guidelines, if a person receives a lump-sum payment, the winnings are not counted as income.

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  • by Jeff Location: Jerome on May 18, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    You all are missing the point. WILX did not report that he did as he was suppose to and reported the income. The state ans federal gov. are the ones wrong here, they told him to keep using the card. this will hopfully help get the one of many loop-holes in the system closed. My wife and I live on $10,000.00 a year and get food stamps only as did this guy, he made his report to DHS, the $800,000 plus he recieved may be all he has and has to rely on for a long time, sounds like a lot of $$$$ but really it is not.
  • by Tim Location: Melbourne , Florida on May 18, 2011 at 06:11 PM
    It is truly sad that the State of Michigan aid to the needy is dictated by the federal government. If a lump sum lottery pay out isn't income, why did the IRS take their share? I hope the State of Michigan didn't tax the lottery recipient, because their own lottery payouts cannot be considered income per the DHS spokesperson. It is shameful how a system can be abused legally. Then again who am I kidding.
  • by tracy Location: detroit mi on May 18, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    I cant believe what I'm reading!!! How in the hell!!! My husband got a lump sum payment from disability from the VA and they SHO DID count it as income!!! How is it one lump some dont count but others do!!!!! And ours was NOWHERE near that amount!!!
  • by Sans on May 18, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    I think that not only should the state cut him off at once but they should ask for restitution. He should pay back what ever he has collected since he won the money.
  • by Dell Location: Jackson on May 18, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    "Bob on May 18, 2011 at 02:21 PM: "It also amazes me that Gov Snyder has targeted the retiree income, state employees, mental health, education, etc., to balance the state budget, but hasn't addressed welfare corruption." Bob, Snyder probably realizes that digging into welfare corruption is probably a bigger wasp's nest than taxing pensions.
  • by Bob on May 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    It also amazes me that Gov Snyder has targeted the retiree income, state employees, mental health, education, etc., to balance the state budget, but hasn't addressed welfare corruption.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on May 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    This guy is just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of people who sign up their kids for 'free' medical and dental services even though coverage is available to them through their employer. Rather than pay towards their insurance coverage to add their kids (like responsible parents), they choose instead to sponge off the rest of us and we end up paying for their kids' medical and dental.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    We need to ask our employees to give us one lump sum every three months so we are eligible for food stamps and other socialist programs.
  • by Chris Location: St. Johns on May 18, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    I think Bob hit it on the nose. Why is this scumbag gambling his assistance money? So this guy wins big money and instead of the State investigating his gambling problems, they reward him with continual assistance? Wow, this sure does reaffirm the reason why Americans have no respect or trust in their government. This is completely appualing.
  • by alpha Location: bath on May 18, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    of course he would once a loser always a loser,
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