Michigan Has Over 3,000 Lottery Winners On Welfare

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Yesterday, the Detroit New reported that Michigan has found over 3,500 lottery winners that are getting welfare or living with someone who does.

How do you feel about this? Many say that winners should not be able to claim welfare after winning.

The Department of Human Services found 3,544 lottery winners on the state’s welfare rolls or living with someone who was on welfare. DHS says it can only remove 565 of the winners (16%) because of “loopholes” and “glitches.”

They’re talking about adopting a New York law allowing the state to “intercept” lottery winnings from welfare recipients to repay taxpayers.

So this raises an important question. Does it matter how much you win? If someone on welfare wins 1 million, should they still be able to claim welfare from the state of Michigan?

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