Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lottery Winner Using Food Stamps

As if in follow up to my post yesterday, Yahoo has a news article about a $2M Lottery Winner Using Food Stamps.  Apparently he did everything right by notifying the state that he won the money but his gross income is still below the state's guidelines.  Maybe he did abide by the law but this is so wrong.  With 2 Million Dollars, the man can afford to buy his own food.  He should feel terrible about doing it but he doesn't seem to have any remorse.  Michigan is in trouble financially and this man should not be soaking the state for food stamps. 

This so pisses me off.  He is a selfish asshole.  Food Stamps are for people who can't afford food.  The state doesn't have unlimited resources and for this man to continue using state aid when he doesn't need it is utterly ridiculous.  I wish there was a loophole where they could try to get their money back. 

7 comments:

  1. What I don't understand is why the lottery winnings are not considered income. Don't all the lottery winners pay income tax on their winnings? That's what we always hear. And I don't care if he did do everything right and call the state - he has no business accepting food stamps with a couple million in the bank. No wonder we're bankrupt.

    Sarah

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  2. The winnings SHOULD count as income. Income is defined as money received in a given period, as wages, rent, interest, etc. It is money received in a given period! How in the world does that work? Wow, if he can accept food stamps based on having that much in the bank, we live in sad times if you ask me! Does he also get medicaid, Section 8 housing, or anything else? Typically when one is on food stamps they can qualify for the other programs. I would be interested to see what amount annually he qualifies on food stamps and other programs with 2 million dollars. hahaha

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  3. He should be so embarrassed to do such a thing. He should be giving to help those who REALLY need food stamps not using them for himself. Greed won't get him far in the long run.

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  4. OMG I saw the head line to this on Yahoo yesterday and was instantly mad didn't even bother clicking on the page to read into it. I know he abide the law by reporting it and everything but it doesn't mean it's right to continue accepting the help ughh....

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  5. It is strange that they don't consider the money on the bank income, but I still don't see how the interest earned isn't considered income. Even if he had only 1 million in a savings account at 4% interest (which is low) he is still making 40 grand a year. And he has more than a million and probably has a better rate than that.

    Errggh, people can do really stupid things sometimes. But it seems that the are going to try and change the law to include liquid assets.

    This guy gets food stamps, but Michigan just granted a waiver to STOP college students from getting food stamps. Why does common sense escape people?

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  6. I not even sure what to say. I don't know how people become so selfish and ungrateful. The world is a cycle though so it will come back around to get him.

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  7. I think that's a loop hole that should be fixed tomorrow...

    I wish there was a simple way to sort out all the fraud that's going on. Its my tax dollars paying for that program, and I like knowing we help the less fortunate... but this just makes me want to vomit on someones expensive congress shiny shoes.

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