Michigan man won to collect food stamos after 11 months striking it.He got $2 million in a state lottery game continues to do.
TV show "Make Me Rich!" last in June, Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery. But the state's Department of Human Services determined was still eligible for food stamps,Attorney and John Wilson said Tuesday.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.
Food stamps are paid for through tax dollars and are meant to help support low-income families.
"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. 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.Fick did not forget to do comment Tuesday.
Director of the office of inspector general for DHS said that 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.
After winning the lottery Michigan was granted a waiver recently to stop college students from qualifying for food stamps."For Leroy Fick to continue to use a Bridge Card, paid for by the taxpayers,, is obscene," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. "What a waste of taxpayer money."
Jones contacted DHS officials Monday about Fick's case, and was told the department's hands were tied by federal regulations.
Jones said, "There is no liquid asset requirement for getting food stamps,".The department is asking the federal government for an immediate change. They hope this case will help the federal government act."then, Fick can collect food stamps and keep his lottery winnings in the bank.Wilson said that he is not going to sit and debate the ethics of this,".He did what he was supposed to do.He informed the state, and the state said he could keep using the card.