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.
More stories about lottery winners:
- Brothers Win Lottery, Blow Up House
- $40,000 Lotto Win Turns Out to Be $40 Million!
- Homeless Man Wins $50,000 on Scratch-Off Ticket
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