First, Michigan shouldn’t be giving public assistance to a guy who has won $2,000,000 (nor should the US government). So that’s their fault. Second, anyone who has that much money and who still has his hand stuck out begging or his mouth attached to the public teat is a person who has no self respect or regard for others.
A Michigan man who won $2 million in a state lottery game continues to collect food stamps 11 months after striking it rich. And there’s nothing the state can do about it, at least for now. Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery TV show “Make Me Rich!” last June. But the state’s Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps, Fick’s attorney, John Wilson of Midland, said Tuesday.
Michigan needs to change it’s procedures (I thought all food stamp recipients had to meet certain minimum income requirements). And Leroy needs to stop being a selfish jerk using resources he doesn’t need.
Here’s the really stupid part though
Eligibility for food stamps is based on gross income and follows federal guidelines; lottery winnings are considered liquid assets and don’t count as income. As long as Fick’s gross income stays below the eligibility requirement for food stamps, he can receive them, even if he has a million dollars in the bank.
Lottery winnings aren’t income? What moron came up with that little gem? Is there NO ONE in legislative bodies with a bit of sense? No one???
“If you’re going to try to make me feel bad, you’re not going to do it,” Fick told WNEM-TV in Saginaw on Monday. Wilson said Fick told the DHS officials he’d won $2 million but was told he could keep using the Bridge Card issued to him to buy groceries.
Oh Leroy- I don’t care how you feel. Evil and selfish people never feel bad for what they do. I think it’s the state’s responsibility to cut your lazy personage off from all state aid and I think they ought to take you to court and recoup every penny they’ve paid you in welfare since you won the lottery. And, by the way, if you’re so bloody bad off that you need public aid, why are you spending money on the lottery?
Al Kimichik, director of the office of inspector general for DHS, said the department could not comment on individual cases but that it this week began the process of requesting a waiver from the federal government to close the lottery loophole. If it is granted, assets would be counted in determining food stamp eligibility.
It’s a moronic loophole. Lawmakers, you guys are idiots and it’s your fault that the economy is in the pathetic shape it’s in.
“For Leroy Fick to continue to use a Bridge Card, paid for by the taxpayers, after winning the lottery, is obscene,” said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “What a waste of taxpayer money.”
Rick Jones- a person of sense. So rare amongst politicians.