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Date: 03/07/12 03:36 PM

68 Responses to Lottery Winner Still Collecting Food Stamps

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    March 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    Link: Lottery Winner Still Collecting Food Stamps - Michigan woman still collecting food stamps after winning $1 million lottery...this just pisses me off.
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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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    myron1 Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    she gave half her money away to taxex i think she is intitled to it .
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm
    Stories like this are why there are idiots who think we should do away with welfare.
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    lololeela Female 30-39
    327 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm
    Suprise, suprise! A person who is use to getting hand-outs continues accepting them when they keep coming.
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    wake_n_bake Male 18-29
    663 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    I hate the super biased and manipulative reporting even more than her
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
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    March 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    bring back lynching.
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm
    NO NO NO! Not just lottery winners... We need to cut off all public assistance to anyone that has money to throw away on lottery TICKETS. What a waste.
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    SephirothA83 Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    well hello there 2 frames per second.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    Just because you give someone $500,000 doesn`t mean they suddenly become classy.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    There might be an issue with the system
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    krifle2 Female 30-39
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    March 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    Just another dumbass.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    LOL. When she`s trying to justify it by explaining all her expenses, she says, "I mean... I have two houses," referring to the house she just bought with her lottery winnings.

    This reminds me of the story about the young man who murders his parents and when before the judge says, "Have mercy on me, your Honor: I`m an orphan!"
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    mocrules Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    Agreed, markust123. I could care less about 1 person costing the a state $2,400 a year; lottery winner or not. Is it tasteless? Sure. But if you`re going to report on waste and abuse, there are bigger stories to chase.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3290 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    She just paid about $300,000 in taxes, and they are upset that she`s getting back $200 a month from it? You know what, I don`t blame her at all. Blame the system that hasn`t cut her off.
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    kangoala Male 18-29
    702 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    Ummm... so?
    Sounds like she`s smart enough to keep some of the money she won.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    March 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm
    When the bank forcloses on her, and she`s homeless, she won`t have to re-apply for foodstamps.
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    Pinkminx22 Female 30-39
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    March 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    I don`t know how they do things up there...but where Iam from...if they catch what you are doing..they will go back to where you started getting plenty of income ( for example if you got a better job) and you didnt report it..they will go back to that date and make you pay all of it back...
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    She`ll lose all the money in two years then she`ll be poor again. Why the heck is someone with food stamps buying lottery tickets anyways?
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    This was a hate story from the beginning. Their are high earners what use the governments free services because they can. ethics dont exist much in todays world
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    birdawg68 Male 40-49
    133 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    Just checking in to see what far lefties are defending this piece of garbage. And they say this is not a generation seeking handouts. I`m not an extreme conservative, but this is a fine example of what is wrong with society today.
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    EmagehtmaI Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    @robosnitz: she paid for the new house in cash. So no foreclosure there. However, when she can`t afford to pay taxes on it anymore, it`ll get repossessed anyway, so its basically the same, right?
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    March 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    She won half a million after tax. She was smart to buy a reasonably modest house for cash. She`s tight with her money. I have hope that she`ll not blow it and end up poor again.

    I don`t think it`s ethical to keep claiming assistance, though. She`s from a class and generation who believe they are entitled to hand outs so I understand she won`t see it that way. A lot of people on assistance are spongers that don`t really need it, and a lot of others are deserving hardworking folks that can`t quite make ends meet or people genuinely down on their luck.

    I would not pass legislation though. The cost of the legislation would outweigh the cost of benefits saved.
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    ibCONNOR Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm
    Why buy a drating house and live off food stamps and just be poor again in a year?
    Invest that poo you stupid bitch.
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    FaulknA Male 50-59
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    March 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    I`m with wake_n_bake. The media is the bigger problem.
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    kummi90 Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    birdawg68 No one would defend her. That`s not the point of welfare systems, and we are not defending it. Society should stigmatize this behavior to the point where the freeloaders become minimized. To a large degree it is stigmatized. More so in countries other than US that has welfare systems
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    LilyLily Female 18-29
    90 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm
    So she got what, 500,000 after tax?

    Say 200,000 on a house and new car.

    (For those saying `invest`, a house is an investment. They do go up in value, thats why plenty of people play the property market. And while not risk free by a long shot, it`s one of the less riskier investments, buy low, sell high, etc.)

    So 300,000 left? In the grand scheme of things, that`s not all that much to live off for the rest of your life, but if you have money and can afford food and housing, you do NOT get to mooch off everyone else.

    Assuming their is nothing else here to note (maybe supporting a sick relative, or if all the money went to paying debt, etc) I think she can afford her own damn groceries. In Aus if you had 300,000 in assets (whether it be stock or cash) you would not get assistance unless you screwed the system/lied/hid money overseas. :|

    I agree with welfare. Help the needy, social justice, etc. But you need proper, foolproof law around it.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm
    Draculya: She`s from a class and generation who believe they are entitled to hand outs..

    Exactly sir, you are correct. The `war on poverty` hasn`t reduced the number of poor people, it`s created a class of people that believe the government owes them a living from cradle to grave.

    The chances that she blows the money she won is nearly a certainty, unfortunately. If she doesn`t have the morality to quit taking SNAP benefits then she won`t have the morality to save and invest her winnings.

    My prediction, within 5 years she`ll be a homeless crack/meth addict facing prison time. If I`m wrong, it`ll be a pleasant surprise.
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    LilyLily Female 18-29
    90 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm
    This is more a matter of needing better legislation to ensure welfare only goes to those who actually need it. Also I`d be more worried about the multi billion tax dodges and payoffs to politicians done by huge companies then a petty what, 200 a month?

    (Also, lol, media hype. This is a typical `current affair` type story fishing for a response, interest/rage and hence more views. It`s really not even newsworthy. If someone had a problem with this they should have refered it to the welfare office or whatever, not the petty media so they could milk a pooty public interest/taxpayer RAAAGE story out of it)
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    I get financial aid to go to school. My financial aid was drastically cut after my nanny died and I received inheritance money. I`m not sure why there isn`t something like that in place for situations like this. However, it`s such a rare case (how often do extremely poor people win the lottery?) that it doesn`t really seem worth the time and money to change the policy.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    March 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm
    LilyLily: Welfare and benefits services already have investigators, they are overloaded as it is but they would`ve eventually found out and made her pay back those SNAP benefits.

    mykunter: What`s after that then ? Telling them they can`t drink, smoke, have sex ? You`re unknowingly falling into trap of `The government knows best`, the legislating all human behavior.
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    Jeemo88 Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm
    Not gonna lie, I was so happy when I found out she wasn`t black...
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm
    Trash. She`s a moron and the cash won`t last long.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    March 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm
    "Not gonna lie, I was so happy when I found out she wasn`t black..."

    You made me laugh.
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    chaosord Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm
    She said she has no income and its just $200 a month. Divide 200 by the amount of taxpayers (a few million) and you get less than a frakkin` cent per taxpayer. How greedy are people? They get upset over less than a cent, that makes it so a woman has at less $200 to feed her family. Yes she now has money but she, without an income, is working with a net loss. That $500k is going to go away really quick.
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    longlive289s Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm just gonna assume your stupid. or that was just a joke
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm
    It`s not her fault, it`s the lawmakers fault. The system is f u cked, she took advantage of it. It`s sh*tty but what do you expect.
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    Fleaman1797 Male 18-29
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    March 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    it makes the people who DO need the help look like pure trash. she IS pure trash however.
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    Mooberry Female 18-29
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    March 8, 2012 at 12:34 am
    so she had to pay 1/4th of a million in taxes yeah? shouldn`t that pretty much cover her expenses in food stamps?
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    MightyPeanut Male 30-39
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    March 8, 2012 at 12:58 am
    She should have moved the hell outta that state ASAP...go on take the money and run.
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    KyuRyu Female 18-29
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    March 8, 2012 at 1:50 am
    It`s bitches like this that are the reason people who actually need the money, and students who are trying to better themselves are being cutting off
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    StompinRound Male 30-39
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    March 8, 2012 at 2:34 am
    Sorry, if for some ungodly reason as a single working father of 5 kids that I raise myself with no assistance, if I qualified for food stamps and I won the lottery... I would milk it for every penny until they cut me off.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 8, 2012 at 3:11 am
    StompinRound: If possible, I`d be seeking child support from the mother. Women shouldn`t get a pass when it comes to paying for their kids.

    I`ll go ahead an pre-apologize ahead of time, if I`m wrong and she`s no longer alive.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 3:16 am
    She wound up with around $450k. That`s hardly enough to retire off of...especially if you`re going out and buying a new house and new car.

    Note: Bad idea to pay for a house in cash...especially if you`ve only won less than a million. Best thing to do is get a mortgage, and have a cash sum deposited into an account to have the payments withdrawn from. This way, the bank has a vested interest in the house. In 15 years, when you need a new roof, if the bank holds the mortgage, they`ll be more likely to led you the $20k to re-roof your house.
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    LilyLily Female 18-29
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    March 8, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Are you guys separated? Assuming it`s not because of some bad thing like she died, you should go for childsupport. My stepdadd raise his two daughters himself, working from 6am to 5pm every day to make ends meet. It took forever to get childsupport, the system is just that bias against men.

    (Long story short, they could not live with the mother, she was a drug addled woman who had basicly turned to prostitution after the break up. While I`m not against sex work as such, she was exposing the 3 and 4 y/o children to it and some of her... Clients? Were the kind to harm the girls. Sad thing is she has had some 6 odd kids since who have been exposed to that.)


    Yeah, but over those 15 years you are going to pay way more than that in interest. Then you are going to loan an extra 20K and pay MORE interest on that?

    it is much more cost effective to buy outright. You can go get a loan if/when you need to do those repairs. Cos
  46. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 4:29 am
    Samsquanch: actually paying the house in cash isn`t a bad idea per-se, eventually housing prices will rise again and it will be a good investment.

    But she needs to invest her money well and try to live off the interest and or dividends. She shouldn`t let the money go to her head and live beneath her means. A million dollars isn`t all that much any more, and she only got half of that amount.

    I figure she could gain $25,000-$30,000 a year for the rest of her life, if she invests wisely and doesn`t blow it.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2012 at 4:38 am
    Haters gonna hate.

    This concept of food stamps is foreign to me. I don`t think we have that anywhere in Canada.
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    EmagehtmaI Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2012 at 4:41 am
    Samsquanch: cash is king, man. Why would anyone want to be in debt if they didn`t have to? Also, a new roof for an average sized house is only like $6k. Where on earth do YOU live where one costs $20k?

    She took home ~$500k. A new house in Michigan will go for well under $100k. A new car for $20k. Leaves you nearly $400k left. Invested properly, she wont have enough to retire, certainly, but she could live awfully comfortably if she was wise a and spent it right (which she probably wont, but that`s another story).
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    botfly Male 50-59
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    March 8, 2012 at 5:00 am
    they took the public assistance away from her now, after all she is white anyway
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 8, 2012 at 5:35 am
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    ponchmd Male 40-49
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    March 8, 2012 at 6:48 am
    Why is everybody mad at her? She just paid $250,000 in taxes on $750,000 of winnings. That is the outrage. She put into the system a thousand more than she took out.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6235 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 7:18 am
    zombunny-"why there are idiots who think we should do away with welfare."

    Actually, I haven`t heard anyone state we should do away with welfare. But it`s rather obvious that there is massive fraud and it should be overhauled so that it goes to the people who have the NEED, not the WANT.

    Simple solutions: No more EBT at the corner store. No more EBT`s at ATM`s. Years ago most major chains had an aisle or two of generic products. Set up the same, except for EBT products, just the basics. If it`s not on those aisles, EBT will not pay for it.

    CrakrJak-"Telling them they can`t drink, smoke, have sex ?"

    If you`re accepting government money, the governement has every right to tell you how to use it. Don`t like it? Don`t accept it.

    I have no problem with drug tests for welfare recipients. If you are found to be wasting money on drugs, smokes, vacations and yes, Lottery tickets, then you have no need to be on welfare.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    March 8, 2012 at 7:20 am
    chaosord-"less than a frakkin` cent per taxpayer."

    Let`s see, multiply this bimbo by all people receiving some type of welfare, and you`ve soon reached a total cost of $495,000,000,000. Divide that by people paying income taxes (81,890,189 at last count) and you come to an average cost of $6,044.68 per taxpayer. (of course, that is oversimplified, and not all people on welfare are scamming the system, but you have to admit that the elimination of any fraud can do nothing but help.)

    chaosord-"How greedy are people?"

    Wanting to keep more of what you EARN does not meet the definition of `Greed`.

    Wanting to live off of the efforts of others DOES meet the definition of `Greed`.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    March 8, 2012 at 7:23 am
    ponchmd-"She put into the system a thousand more than she took out."

    So only people who pay into the system should be able to take out? Hey, sounds like a plan.

    What is your plan for the millions who NEVER paid into the system? The welfare generations? The illegals? Those truely unable, through no fault of their own, to lead a productive life?
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6235 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 7:32 am
    Update to story: the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) said Wednesday that the woman was no longer receiving benefits. A bill requiring the Michigan Lottery to notify DHS of lottery winners has passed the state House and lawmakers are pushing for the Senate to approve it as well
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 8:10 am
    I`m appalled that a comparatively modest one million dollar win is whittled down to half that in the US. Win that in Canada`s 6/49, for example, you get a million bucks. Period.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    March 8, 2012 at 9:12 am
    you would do the samething if you where in here place
    and $500K wont last for ever
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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2012 at 10:10 am
    How many people can honestly say if they didn`t get cut off from free money, they wouldn`t use it.

    Although the part that rubbed me the wrong way was, "I have no income, and I have bills to pay. I have two houses."

    Hurrr duuurrrr
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    7046 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 10:25 am
    Half a million isn`t that much. The house seems quite modest but even so that plus a car will probably leave her with $300 - 350K. Invest that and you would be lucky to make $10 - 12K a year. Unless anyone knows of a safe investment that nets more than around 3% or 4%.

    What is the income level at which one qualifies for food stamps?
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    imnakdjumpme Male 18-29
    598 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 10:44 am
    i make $100k/year but my wife and kids could still get the food checks for milk, cheese, eggs, pb&j, cereal, and juice.
    My kids can get free healthcare too.
    I think its because my wife was on it before we were married and even tho we updated them on our marriage and my increase in income, they said we could stay on if we wanted to.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6235 posts
    March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Thetas-"How many people can honestly say if they didn`t get cut off from free money, they wouldn`t use it."

    Many of us do not believe in the concept of `free money`, because we realize that NOTHING is `free`. Money spent has to be earned by someone. If it`s given to someone who didn`t earn it, it first had to be confiscated from someone that did.

    Many of us prefer to spend only that money which we earn. Many of us can find a wallet full of money and will go out of our way to locate the owner, and return it with the money in it. Many of us will drive 5 miles back to a hardware store because we accidentally walked out with an 8¢ washer in our pocket.

    And no, Obama does not have a `stash`.
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    PoopNoodle Male 40-49
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    March 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm
    How in the world could you go into a store and pay with foodstamps and not come out humiliated?!?! As a man who busts his ass everyday to support his family, I would take it as an afront to my manhood to accept a handout like welfare. I`de rather work the drive-thru than be on welfare. At least it`s an honest living. If your able bodied to work, get off your ass and get a job! As for this scumbag, I hope she has to pay back every cent with interest.
  63. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2012 at 2:07 am
    PoopNoodle: Many people, including those with degrees and job experience, can`t find work right now. There are also those that are disabled and can`t work. I`m talking about people who`ve made an honest living, paid into the system and now need assistance to get by. There is no disgrace in that.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2012 at 3:45 am
    CJ, You`re for entitlements? Not very teabaggish of you.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2012 at 5:19 am
    madest: I`m for entitlements for those that have actually worked for a living and paid into the system. Not the people who have been on welfare for generations and never plan on doing anything but sitting on their ass and having kids.

    Also, please drop the teabag insult, that`s very childish of you.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2012 at 5:30 am
    Alright. So in your misery filled world the guy who`s in a car accident at 21 and suffers severe brain damage should just be left alone to fend for himself because he hasn`t paid into a system that many people never need.. Including me.. Yeah that might make sense to the retarded.

    PS: You`re a teabagger sucking on the government nipple. In other words a hypocrite.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2012 at 7:46 am
    I personally have been out of work disabled for over 7 years now. I have refused to even look into welfare because I don`t need it as much some people. I did look into disability after 5 years of no income, however, my wife makes to much according to them. Which isn`t true, she makes enough to support us, but barely. If it came down to it and I had to work, I`d go back to washing dishes or something that`s easy on my body.
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    Burton_Ian Male 18-29
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    March 12, 2012 at 7:53 am
    If I`m correct, I believe that she is required to inform the Department of Social Services (or whatever the Mich. equivalent is called) about a change of circumstance, and if they find that she has not informed them (like a news program highlighting her story) she can be fined or possibly prosecuted.

    I`m not sure about Michigan but that is the case in Virginia.

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