LANSING (AP) – 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.
Snyder signed the bills Wednesday. They come after Michigan officials twice found out that lottery winners continued to use food stamps after collecting a jackpot.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Where are the Female CEOs in Michigan?
Lottery officials now must notify welfare officials about winners of $1,000 or more. The legislation will put into law a requirement for asset tests to help determine eligibility for some public assistance programs.READ MORE: MSU Police: Tip From Private Investigator Led To Discovery Of Body Believed To Be Brendan Santo
Michigan lawmakers began the effort last year after learning that a Bay County man used food stamps despite winning an $850,000 lump sum prize. A second case involving a Lincoln Park woman and a $700,000 lump sum was revealed this year.MORE NEWS: Consumer Alert: How To Avoid Fake N95, KN95 Masks
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