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Michigan Lottery Winner Leroy Fick Still Collects Food Stamps

Submitted by on May 20, 2011 – 8:58 am16 Comments

Fifty-nine-year-old Leroy Fick struck it big when we scored $2 million on Michigan’s state lottery TV show Make Me Rich! last June. Most of us would be ecstatic with our new winnings and try to figure out what to do with it. But Fick hasn’t really changed much. Although is bank account is $2 million richer, Fick still collects food stamps from the government.

Yes, you read that right. He won $2 million and still gets government assistance.

How the heck does that happen you ask?

Well, it appears Fick is still eligible to collect food stamps because government assistance is based on gross income. Fick’s winnings are considered a liquid asset and do not count as income. Thus, Fick can still collect food stamps while swimming in his winnings like Scrooge McDuck.

You see, Fick’s gross income has remained low enough to garner food stamps and even though he has a ton of cash in the bank, he has no problems getting a little extra from the government.

“If you’re going to try to make me feel bad, you’re not going to do it,” Fick told WNEM-TV in Saginaw.

The Department of Human Services is currently looking into a way to halt Fick from receiving funds through a waiver that would close the loophole which allows Fick to continue to rake in the dough.

“For Leroy Fick to continue to use a Bridge Card, paid for by the taxpayers, after winning the lottery, is obscene,” said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “What a waste of taxpayer money.”

But until then, Leroy Fick will be in a local supermarket in Michigan with $2 million in his account and a wallet full of food stamps on the first of the month.

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