Have you heard about the man who won two million dollars in the Michigan lottery yet is still on food stamps? If you haven’t, prepare yourself to be shocked. Then again, knowing how things go sometimes, you may not be. I first heard about it on the radio and was appalled. I can’t even fathom winning the lottery, or winning the lottery and staying on food stamps. This is absolutely ludicrous. There are just so many things wrong with this situation: the fact that the government doesn’t kick him off food stamps, and the fact that he sees nothing wrong with continuing to stay on them.
Don’t get me wrong: I believe there are many people who deserve to be on food stamps; it just angers me when people abuse the system. And it’s not like Michigan needs another person draining the Welfare system. They are in enough trouble without people like this.
He claims that he told his case worker about him winning the lottery and she said he’d still be eligible for food stamps, or the “Bridge card”, because they don’t claim lottery winnings as income. Um, what? He took the cash option and walked away with $850,000. I don’t know about you, but I know that’s enough money that I’d probably be set for life. We all know he could buy a pretty darn nice house in Michigan for under or around $100,000, so even if he wasn’t a homeowner and did buy a house, he’d still have $750,000 left.
I just can’t believe that even after getting that much money he would still stay on food stamps! He said that if anyone tried to make him feel bad about it, they wouldn’t succeed. Okay. I think he’s nuts.
What do you think- do you think he should still take advantage of food stamps?