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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