- Associated Press - Thursday, March 8, 2012

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area woman who won a $1 million lottery prize but continued to get food stamps has been removed from the food assistance program, officials say.

The Michigan Department of Human Services said Wednesday the lottery winner no longer was getting benefits. It followed a report this week from WDIV-TV in which 24-year-old Amanda Clayton of Lincoln Park acknowledged continuing to get $200 in monthly food aid after her September win.

Her mother, Euline Clayton, told the Detroit News that her daughter didn’t break any laws.

Legislation in Lansing would require lottery and other gambling winnings to factor into eligibility for government food assistance programs.

The Detroit News said Ms. Clayton’s use of taxpayer assistance after buying a new home and car with her lottery winnings follows another case of a Bay County man getting food stamps after his $2 million payday from the lottery in 2010.

State Rep. Dale Zorn, a Republican, wants the state House to pass legislation that would throw large-sum lottery winners off the welfare rolls. Legislation is pending in the Senate.

“State assistance, our tax dollars, is meant to go to those who are truly in need,” Mr. Zorn told the News. “It’s not meant to go to those who won big in the lottery.”

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