Mich. lottery winner on welfare gets probation
In this photo provided by the Michigan Lottery, Amanda Clayton holds her $1 million lottery check. The state says Clayton who won a $1 million lottery prize but continued to get food stamps has been removed from a food assistance program. / AP Photo/Courtesy Michigan Lottery via Detroit news
(AP) DETROIT - A Detroit-area woman who collected welfare despite winning a $735,000 lottery prize has been sentenced to probation.
Attorney Todd Flood says Amanda Clayton has repaid about $5,500 in food aid and medical benefits. The 24-year-old pleaded no contest to fraud last month and was placed on probation Tuesday for nine months.
The Michigan Department of Human Services says Clayton didn't inform the state about her pre-tax lottery windfall of $735,000 last year. Flood says Clayton did make an attempt but decided not to fight the case and move on with her life.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law in April that requires lottery officials to tell the Department of Human Services about new winners.
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