A 24-year-old single mother of two from Michigan who won $1 million in the state lottery last September still gets $200 a month in food stamps.
"I thought maybe it was okay because I’m not working," Amanda Clayton told Local 4 in Detroit, after being filmed on a shopping spree.
Asked by Local 4 asked if she felt she had a right to the money, Clayton responded, "I mean I kinda do."
After taking a $700,000 lump sum and paying taxes, Clayton pocketed about $500,000 and bought a new home and car, her mother, Euline Clayton of Lincoln Park, told the Detroit News.
The paper also quoted a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Human Services as saying that Clayton might have violated a state law requiring food stamp recipients to report changes to their income and assets within 10 days.
"The person in question hasn't been eligible for a long time," Dave Akerly said.
DHS Director Maura Corrigan, meantime, in a statement issued Wednesday said that Clayton was "no longer receiving benefits."
"DHS relies on clients being forthcoming about their actual financial status," Corrigan said. "If they are not, and continue to accept benefits, they may face criminal investigation and be required to pay back those benefits."