Michigan lottery winner on welfare gets probation

Local 4 Defenders reveal Lincoln Park's Amanda Clayton continued to get food stamps after winning $1 million

Published On: Jul 24 2012 02:40:17 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 24 2012 05:54:21 PM EDT
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. -

A Detroit-area woman who collected welfare despite winning a $735,000 lottery prize has been sentenced to probation.

Attorney Todd Flood says Amanda Clayton has repaid about $5,500 in food aid and medical benefits. The 24-year-old pleaded no contest to fraud last month and was placed on probation Tuesday for six months.

The Michigan Department of Human Services says Clayton didn't inform the state about her pre-tax lottery windfall of $735,000 last year. Flood says Clayton did make an attempt but decided not to fight the case and move on with her life.

Local 4 Defenders revealed fraud in March

The case came to light when Local 4's Karen Drew confronted Clayton.

"I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought maybe it was okay because I'm not working," Clayton told Local 4.  

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Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law in April that requires lottery officials to tell the Department of Human Services about new winners.

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