Michigan Lotto Winner Who Was Charged With Welfare Fraud Found Dead
A Michigan woman who admitted receiving food stamps after winning $1 million in the lottery has been found dead. Although the police have not released a cause of death, WXYZ TV in Detroit reports that police suspect a drug overdose:
Amanda Clayton’s body was found in Ecorse Saturday morning. Results from the autopsy are pending.
Friends found the troubled lottery winner lying on the bed holding her one and a half year old daughter.
When she went to a home in Ecorse on Friday night to see her kids, 25-year-old Amanda Clayton appeared confused said her friend’s boyfriend.
The boyfriend of one of Clayton’s friend said she had been acting strange in the hours before her death.
“She was already in a bad stage. Her legs were shaking. You know she was going through her prayers. She was eating food with the kids,” he said.
Clayton sparked national outrage when it was discovered that she was still receiving food stamps even after she had won $1 million dollars in the Michigan lottery. Clayton did not report her lottery winnings, and continued to receive around $200 a month in food stamps.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said at the time that it was “ simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance,” and many right wing outlets had a fields day condemning Clayton, and painting her as a poster child for a culture of dependency.
She pleaded no contest to welfare fraud and was sentenced to probation in July.
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