Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation aimed at ensuring lottery winnings and other assets are taken into account when determining eligibility for food stamp and other welfare programs.
After twice finding out lottery winners continued to use food stamps after collecting the jackpot, Michigan lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to legislation aimed at making sure it doesn’t happen again.
The state says a Detroit-area woman who won a $1 million lottery prize but continued to get food stamps has been removed from a food assistance program.
Lottery and other gambling winnings would factor into eligibility for welfare assistance under legislation approved Tuesday by the Republican-led Michigan House.
The man who made headlines for using food stamps despite winning a lottery jackpot has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for a drug crime.
The latest Economic Security Bulletin shows that food aid in Michigan rose in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the third quarter of 2010, with nearly 967,000 people in Michigan using the Food Assistance Program.
A Michigan man who drew attention for continuing to accept food aid from the state even though he won big in a state lottery game has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.
Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday the state is reassessing a decision to consider vehicles as assets under the food stamp program after some applicants complained they were denied assistance merely because of cars they use to get to school or job interviews.
An undetermined number of Michigan’s nearly 2 million food assistance recipients will lose the help under new eligibility requirements the state will begin using in October.
The state continues to defend its action to remove 30,000 Michigan college students from food stamp rolls.