Mich. Lotto Winner Cut off from Public Assistance

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A million dollar lottery winner in Detroit has been barred from collecting government food stamps, Michigan Department of Human Services said in a statement Wednesday.

Amanda Clayton, 24, was collecting $200 a month in food assistance after she won $1 million back in September.

Michigan law requires that gambling winnings must be factored into eligibility for government aid.

"Under DHS policy, a recipient of food assistance benefits must notify the state within 10 days of any asset or income change," the statement read.

"DHS relies on clients being forthcoming about their actual financial status. If they are not, and continue to accept benefits, they may face criminal investigation and be required to pay back those benefits," DHS officials said.

The legislation was established after a similar case in 2010, when a Bay County man continued to use food stamps despite winning a $2 million lottery prize.

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