A Shocking Number of Lottery Winners on Welfare

2012 law requires welfare recipients to have assets tracked

   

NewLetters A Shocking Number of Lottery Winners on WelfareMore than 3,500 people who won the lottery in Michigan benefited from welfare payments following their win.

The winners — who were identified when a 2012 law began requiring asset-testing of welfare recipients — either received welfare or lived with someone who received welfare, The Detroit Free Press reports.

The new law was passed after a man was found to be using food stamps following his $850,000 windfall. According to a report by Michigan’s Department of Human Services approximately 14% of lottery winners met the requirements for assistance. Each of them won at least $1,000, and on average won $6,800.

The department says that most of those lottery winners have stopped receiving assistance. However, some still qualify for Medicaid benefits.

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