It’s not unheard of for recent Michigan lottery winners to consider themselves so hard up that they subsist on food stamps. Following last year’s revelation that a Michigan man who won $2 million in the state lottery remained on welfare, now there are reports that a woman who snagged $1 million in winnings is doing the same.
She tells the Daily Mail that she needs $200 a month in government assistance because she’s got more money, more problems and no job. “‘I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay,” she said. “I have two houses.”
State politicians are trying to stop embarrassing stories like this from emerging by considering a bill that would prevent lottery winners from using food stamps. Such a law — intended to stop rich people from mooching off the system — might have unintended consequences, because there are so many stories about lottery winners who blow all their winnings and end up penniless and badly in need of a safety net.