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Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:07 PM

Lottery winner who kept taking food stamps is found dead in Ecorse

Source: Detroit Free Press

Amanda Clayton, the Lincoln Park woman who caused a stir after continuing to take food stamps after winning the state lottery’s $1-million “Make Me Rich!” game show, has died of a possible drug overdose, police said Saturday.


Clayton was found dead by police at about 9 a.m. at a home on Sunnyside Road, said Ecorse Police Sgt. Cornelius Herring.


No further details were released by police, including what she was doing at the home.


Clayton was propelled into the spotlight after a local news outlet learned she had won the game show in September 2011, but continued to take welfare benefits. At the time, she said she was entitled to the payments because she still needed help. . .

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20120929/NEWS02/120929026/lottery-winner-food-stamps-drug-overdose?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



Sad. Just 25 years old, and with Issues. Neighbors accused her of trying to kill them in August.

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Reply Lottery winner who kept taking food stamps is found dead in Ecorse (Original post)
Faygo Kid Sep 2012 OP
blm Sep 2012 #1
Honeycombe8 Sep 2012 #2
leftyohiolib Sep 2012 #3
PSPS Sep 2012 #4
Great Caesars Ghost Sep 2012 #5
littlemissmartypants Sep 2012 #9
cali Sep 2012 #13
PSPS Sep 2012 #15
teewrex Sep 2012 #6
littlemissmartypants Sep 2012 #10
railsback Sep 2012 #7
littlemissmartypants Sep 2012 #11
24601 Sep 2012 #16
railsback Sep 2012 #19
24601 Sep 2012 #20
Live and Learn Sep 2012 #8
littlemissmartypants Sep 2012 #12
Heather MC Sep 2012 #14
Safetykitten Sep 2012 #17
Raster Sep 2012 #18

Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:14 PM

1. From all I've heard of her it sounds like the woman had mental health issues.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:15 PM

2. Karma? Or the neighbors? nt

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:44 PM

3. greed is not a mental issue

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:05 PM

4. Not necesarily in play here

These lottery payouts are structured, often over 20 years. If that's the case here, she would have received $50K/year for 20 years. After taxes, that's about $35K/year. (You are often given the choice of a one-time single payout, but it's much, much less than the stated amount.)

If she were juggling a lot of debt when she won, it's easily conceivable that she could have gone through her first payout very quickly and have been cash poor enough to warrant reliance on food stamps or other assistance, certainly in the first year after winning.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:29 PM

5. Right on the money, PSPS

 

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Response to Great Caesars Ghost (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 03:41 AM

9. Welcome to the DU!

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Response to PSPS (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 05:48 AM

13. She took a 735,000 payout. She didn't report winning the lottery

I'm sorry about her death. She was way too young, but that doesn't change the facts.

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Response to cali (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 09:04 AM

15. If true, how can one "not report" winning a lottery? It's usually a public spectacle.

I know the lottery people report the prize to the IRS the same way one's employer reports wages.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 11:30 PM

6. She owned 2 homes among other things.

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Response to teewrex (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 03:42 AM

10. Welcome to the DU!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 11:57 PM

7. There is no God

 

I'm a good person. Really.

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Response to railsback (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 03:42 AM

11. Welcome to the DU!

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Response to railsback (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:25 AM

16. There is, and she's pissed at you.

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Response to 24601 (Reply #16)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 06:20 PM

19. Why?

 

There's not a day that goes by that I don't admire the work She's done in creating the woman.

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Response to railsback (Reply #19)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 07:54 PM

20. She's happier that you have de facto recanted the denial of her existence.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 01:23 AM

8. Very sad. Way too much money for someone so young

that had issues. Drugs seem to be a big problem for a lot of lottery winners proving that money alone doesn't make someone happy.

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 03:43 AM

12. Welcome to the DU!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 06:25 AM

14. Money makes

A good person better, and a bad person worse.

Not saying she was a bad person, but it seems she had some bad habits
May she find the peace in death, she didn't have in life,
Amen

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:34 AM

17. This "money does not buy happiness" thing is tiresome.

 

It is up there with "entitlements" and other bizarre thoughts like people can pull them selves up by their bootstraps, and the republicans "we had no help from anyone" shit.

Has anyone EVER heard that no happiness from money from a poor person? Do people who have money ever give that awful stuff away to the point that they would be poor and happy?

I tip people huge, I give much more money than I should because I am short money, to homeless people or people that ask. I have wealthy friends that would not give a dime to a homeless person.

I told one that after he said no to a homeless person that asked, why not give that person money? Well, there were all kind of reasons. None good. I told him that maybe he should just give that person the money in his wallet, as he had plenty, and he could work his way to nirvana, no-money wise.

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Response to Safetykitten (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:01 AM

18. Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it is possible to lease it on long-term basis.

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