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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.

What are your thoughts?

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  • george riszko says:

    In Australia, a pensioner/welfare recipient with assets is deemed to be earning a return on those assets even if they are sitting in a nil-interest bearing account. At the moment the deeming rate is approximately 6% p.a. , which means that Mr Fick would be deemed to have an income of $120,000 p.a.
    Does that solve the problem?

  • Esquip Hackman says:

    This guy is shameless. Yes the Australian method would solve this problem. Any type of amortizing his assets would be appropriate. This is the type of thing that hurts everyone.

  • G-$tack$ says:

    If he were black he’d have to give up the stamps I bet.

  • Kathy Foster says:

    Shame on the Federal Government. Where is the outrage? I want food stamps too!!

  • Kevin says:

    I just looked up ‘douche-bag’ in the dictionary and it was just a picture of Leroy…

  • Amy says:

    The guy should not be allowed to collect food stamps, I agree but really…does it always have to be a white and black thing???!!! I think it is a loop hole in the system that he is cashing in on. He should be ashamed, if he doesn’t need help he should tell the government that he doesn’t need the assistance anymore but really it doesn’t always have to be a race thing….Give it up!

  • rick hartman says:

    This guy is a thief and a criminal. People are losing their homes and children go hungry. He is inhuman. He was informed by an attorney that he could continue to collect, the cost of that attorney consultation buys a lot of food. Shameful! Shameful!

  • Pamela says:

    Leroy Fick should be ashamed of himself. There are so many people out there that take advantage of situations, Fink, I mean Fick just got caught. I agree with Amy that there is no reason for the race card to be thrown in. I can name many black families that collect food stamps and other government funds, pretending their spouse left them while their spouse is actually overseas in the military & giving their families military benefits at the same time. In some cases this includes free housing. So don’t get me started! Fick is being selfish, greedy and shameful. He should have to pay back every penny he has received in food stamps!

  • I think he should keep doing what he’s doing. The system is f’d in so many ways but them wasting this much time & effort on this case when there’s probably a ish load of other people doing the same ish, is a waste of time and money etc.

    The dude was broke, he ain’t trying to go back, why spend funds if you don’t have to? You can pull out the “taxpayer card” but I think we all know the monz goes to a lot of stupid things so why trip on this one now?

  • Daysie78 says:

    I’m blown away by this…. What kind of morals does this man have? You have more money than most people could ever dream of…. there are people who are working their lives away who don’t qualify for food stamps, but could seriously use them and you don’t even feel bad about that… makes me sick to my stomach…

  • PjM says:

    This Man Has NO Morals or Values. To many are going Hungry for Scum like him! What gives are Screwed Up government that’s what and US hard working Taxpayers!

  • karen says:

    I revieced government assistance when I was trying to raise my daughter on my own. I was going to school to be a nurse and working part time for 7.00 dollars an hour. When i refused to go to a class that the state wanted me to attened I was cut off because “I made to much money!” Never mind I was in the middle of my cliniclas and would shortly be assistance free. But this guy can have thousands of dollars in the bank and STILL get food stamps!!! This is what is wrong with our system and why our state is broke! People who collect assistance should be screened and he should be cut off and made to pay back what he recieved this yr. from assistance. It would benifit someone who is actually trying to do something for the help!

  • [...] he still qualifies for food benefits as per his Department of Human Services caseworker. Fick, 59, isn’t disabled, nor is he senior [...]

  • mason says:

    this guy is my uncle yes all us other ficks hate him dont hate us other ficks beacuase we dont do crap like him we dont even invite him over no more i want to hit him with a shovel please dont hate the other ficks it would mean alot to us.

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