Mich. lottery winner on welfare gets probation

In this photo provided by the Michigan Lottery, Amanda Clayton holds her $1 million lottery check.
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.

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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.