Michigan Man Allowed to Use Food Stamps After Winning $2 Million ‘Make Me Rich’ Lottery

Doug Powers by Doug Powers on May 18th, 2011

If your hot morning coffee didn’t do enough to get your blood boiling, this should help:

AUBURN, Mich. — A man who won $2 million on a Michigan lottery show has told TV5 that he still uses food stamps.

Leroy Fick of Bay County admitted he still swipes the electronic card at stores, nearly a year after winning a jackpot on “Make Me Rich!” He told TV5′s Bill Walsh that more than half the prize went to taxes.

Fick said the Department of Human Services told him he could continue to use the card, which is paid with Michigan tax dollars.

“If you’re going to … try to make me feel bad, you aren’t going to do it,” said Fick.
DHS spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said under federal guidelines, if a person receives a lump-sum payment, the winnings are not counted as income.

Hey, why not? The state’s coffers are overflowing.

Click the pic of the guy winning more money than many of the people who are paying for his groceries will ever see for the story at WNEM:


For some reason I have the urge to go see Atlas Shrugged today.

One Response to “Michigan Man Allowed to Use Food Stamps After Winning $2 Million ‘Make Me Rich’ Lottery”

  1. Shelley Says:

    Unfortunately, I have family members currently on food stamps, but I am wondering how this man gets “around” some of the verifications that take place in order to qualify for the program. Every time my family has to go through the process again they must bring in bank statements, proof of income, etc. A number of times they have been denied food stamps and have had to go back months later because they had too much money in their bank accounts! If this man has all this money where is he hiding it, or is DES in Michigan looking the other way.

    Families that really need the assistance are hurting, taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet and this guy is still using food stamps! Something smells fishy and it isn’t what he brought at the grocery store.

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