Michigan lottery winner waives key hearing in criminal case

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

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. - A Detroit-area woman who authorities say continued to get food stamps despite winning a Michigan lottery jackpot has waived a key court hearing.

Amanda Clayton is charged with failing to inform the state that her income had changed as a result of the lottery prize and a job. The 25-year-old from Lincoln Park won a $1 million jackpot on the game show "Make Me Rich!" and chose a $735,000 lump sum, before taxes, last September.

The Michigan attorney general's offices says Clayton waived her preliminary examination in Lincoln Park that was scheduled for Tuesday.

The hearing determines whether there's enough evidence for a case to go to trial.

She's now due for June 5 arraignment in Circuit Court in Detroit.

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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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