$2 Million Lottery Winner Still Collecting Food Stamps

Many locals are outraged after learning that Michigan man Leroy Fick continues to collect food stamps after winning a $2 million lottery prize, a prize that afforded him an $850,000 lump payment from the state. Fick and his attorney say the public’s anger is misdirected; Fick’s use of food stamps remains within the legal confines of Michigan’s food benefits program. Michigan’s NBC affiliate has the scoop:

“I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. If the state has got a problem with its laws, they can fix them. They really should,” says Fick…

“If I’m eligible, I’m eligible. Right?” says Fick, who says he’s disabled and not able to work. “I had injuries to my back quite a while ago. It keeps getting worse.”

The Michigan Department of Human Services says lump sum payments are assets, not income, therefore Fick’s situation checks out.”

We should concede that Fick has a point. If Michigan’s food benefits stipulations allow such a situation, it’s logical to argue that the program was actually meant to cater to situations like this.

Others, understandably, have a different idea about what Fick’s doing. “It outrages me that a guy that has a brand new Audi, has a million dollars in the bank essentially, can still qualify for food stamps. That’s wrong,” State Representative Charles Brunner said. He told NBC25 that he’s already taking legislative action. TC mark

via NBC25

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  • Betsy

    What a Douche!

  • http://twitter.com/jennifersussex Jennifer Sussex

    what is with michigan lottery winners? a friend was passing around this one about a guy who shot his landlord. http://bit.ly/k3Gt1B

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregpphoto Greg Petliski

    “We should concede that Fick has a point. If Michigan’s food benefits stipulations allow such a situation, it’s logical to argue that the program was actually meant to cater to situations like this.”

    No its not. That would be akin to saying since we have the 2nd Amendment, clearly, our forefathers meant to cater to assault rifles one day. On the contrary, I'm sure when the laws were put in place, no one thought of this particular situation, just as no one thought that 19 men would fly planes into buildings when said buildings were constructed.

  • Kevin

    It becomes increasingly clear that everyone's new past time activity when taking a break from balancing their zero balance checkbooks is looking into their neighbors window and point out what they shouldn't be doing.  I'm basically a communist and have no problem with wealth redistribution.  But the when we start legislating based on the exceptions, we open ourselves up to living in a society where simply being annoying or harmlessly manipulative is a felony. Ridiculous laws=ridiculous society

  • Tim

    Morality=legality? NO!

  • Jelly Roll Morton

    this is the type of “journalism” that engenders hatred/fear of the poor. rather than doing an article/snippet about the true suffering of the millions of Americans living in destitution, people write articles about the fabled black bitch going to pick up her welfare check in a limousine. obviously, you weren't consciously doing that, BSG, but you do have a certain amount of moral/journalistic responsibility now. own it.

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