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Lame! Michigan $2 Million Lottery Winner STILL Using Food Stamps

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What a SLAP in the face to the poor!

Leroy Fick of Auburn, Michigan won a $2 million lottery prize 11 months ago, but still uses food stamps to pay for groceries.

Michigan senator Rick Jones is not happy about it either, saying:

"For Leroy Fick to continue to use a Bridge Card, paid for by the taxpayers, after winning the lottery, is obscene. What a waste of taxpayer money."

Unfortunately, there is nothing he can do about it! Leroy's blatant abuse of the social welfare program is completely legal.

Food stamp eligibility is based on gross income, but excludes liquid assets. Take a lucky guess what lottery winnings are considered?

As long as Fick's gross income stays below the eligibility requirement for food stamps, he can continue to abuse them as he sees fit.

Sounds like the biggest problem here, besides Leroy Fick (doesn't that just sound like a bad guy's name in a movie?), is the federal government's requirements for obtaining food stamps.

Fortunately, Sen. Jones is taking action, explaining:

"The department is asking the federal government for an immediate change (in policy). They're hoping this case will help the federal government act."

As for now, we think this Fick guy needs a visit from the ghost's of the lottery's past, present, and future!

There is already SO MUCH wasteful spending in the government, why continue to be a part of the problem when he could EASILY be a part of the solution.

Do U think this guy's greed is totally bogus or is it okay because it's legal?

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33 comments to “Lame! Michigan $2 Million Lottery Winner STILL Using Food Stamps”

  1. 1

    What a greedy tool. Just buy your damn groceries, it's not going to put a big dent in your 2 million dollars.

  2. 2

    Michigan is pretty much the Midwest's trailer park.

  3. 3

    this is so ridiculous, if you are going political perez i would try to focus on the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy more serious issues that your tax dollars are being spent on, instead of accosting a frugal guy taking advantage of the system,,, good for him! fuck groceries how about the governments spedatures on unnecessary wars

  4. 4

    The guy had no money for groceries but he's out buying lotto tickets?

  5. 5

    I honestly think they should change the whole system. People sell the cards, trade them, buy stuff and sell the groceries for larger prices, and buy stuff that you shouldnt be buying for your family. Its a completely abused system. I just hope them changing this rule doesnt ruin anyones chances of getting help when they actually need it.

  6. lolli says – reply to this


    im just as glad as anybody that the dude is WHITE! HAH! or we folks would never hear the end of it…

  7. 7

    Re: yeaman – Yeah, I think that they should make the foodstamp system a bit more similar to WIC. You know, where you can only buy CERTAIN things, and CERTAIN brands. And usually, those "certain things", such as fresh vegetables and milk, end up being pretty good for you!

  8. 8

    Re: sarahloveschar
    Ohhh, so you're the person that's going to tell us what we should and shouldn't be angry about American tax dollars being spent on!


    No, but seriously…Just to be clear, the biggest chunk of our taxes goes to Social Security (21%) and then military(20%) which pays for not just "the war," but the salaries of service men and women. The third largest chunk goes to aiding the needy with various programs (16%), then medicare(15%) , trailing far behind medicare is health and education at just 4%. So, I'm sure most would agree that considering the amount the government, and ultimately we as citizens, are shelling out as funding for those who are ACTUALLY IN NEED, there should be changes to the policy.

  9. 9

    Re: sarahloveschar

    There's nothing stopping him from being frugal without him taking advantage of a system which is designed for people who really NEED help.

  10. 10

    First of all, let's be clear that there are TWO ways to get your lottery winnings. 1. A flat rate valued at LESS than (in his case) $2mill. This is after taxes and such. 2. A steady agreed to payment throughout a specific period of time (usually yearly, sometimes monthly).

    People who choose to take it as a lump sum tend to gain a lot less than their actual winnings and tend moreso to not know how to manage it.

    People who choose the steady pay-out have a better chance of managing it since they can't go hog-wild on a Ferrari or the like unless they have saved their monthly pay-outs.

    With that said, GOOD FOR HIM. He obviously knows that the money won't last, and he should be frugal where he can. You hear so many stories about lottery winners that quit their jobs, buy a new house, a shiny car, etc, and then a few years later realize they can't manage the payments on any of the things they bought. IAlso, according to a few WF workshops that I've been to, the average American needs about $1million saved in order to retire. $1MILLION. Just to retire, let alone the life expenses along the way. It seems here that he is very intelligently taking advantage of the system while he can.

  11. 11

    i approve of what hes doing and would do the same thingi fi were in his position

  12. 12

    get outraged over a few food stamps while they steal millions

  13. 13

    Re: lolli – Statistically, there are more white people who get food stamps than non-white people in the USA.

  14. 14

    Re: Emilayday – THIS MAN OWNS A 2010 AUDI. He is just a piece of white trash. He is not at all being smart with his money, just greedy.
    I'm glad they are finally cracking down on these people! I can name off of the top of my head 10 people that I know personally that don't deserve them. The government needs to be more strict.

  15. 15

    Unfortunately, the Michgian Bridge Card is a total joke and waste of tax payers money all around, not just with this guy. It is easier for a college student to get a Bridge Card than anyone else, and so many sutdents take advantagae of it. A lot don't tell their parents, get $200 a month for groceries, and then use whatever money they get from parents/jobs/loans to buy alcohol, drugs, etc. One of my friends that got a card was given an extra $400 his first month because he got lost in the paperwork system for 2 months, so they "made it up to him." And many of these students who aren't telling their parents are getting claimed on the parents' taxes, which ends up costing tax payers MORE money bc the government then has to sort the situation out. It's a ridiculous system that MI has tried to start reeling in (they are trying to be more careful with college students), but it's got a long way to go and it needs to change higher up.

  16. 16

    The sad thing is that winning $2 million really is like not winning at all. Once you pay taxes and a few bills…put some away 4 retirement you are pretty much left with nothing. Or even if he put nothing away and did what a little of people have done..SQUANDER it on a few luxury items…he would still have nothing in a couple of months and he would be right back collecting food stamps. I don't agree with what he is doing but so not a surprise. If he won $20 million then I would be shocked.

  17. 17

    Fick means "fuck" in German. (Google it.) What an appropriate name for him.

  18. 18

    Why is it that when large multi-national corporations use the law for maximum profit at the public's expense, everyone shrugs their shoulders. But when an individual does it, they are falling over themselves to change the law. Funny how that works, isn't it?

  19. Laura says – reply to this


    Go catch some real criminals…I heard GE didn't pay taxes.

  20. 20

    Re: sarahloveschar – Well said. I hate to disagree with the hivemind which is probably going to be hating on this guy, but plenty of people take advantage of the system, sadly. Smart move, really.

  21. 21

    People are pissed cause he is white. Had he been hispanic or any other ethnicity ppl wouldn't be making a stink about this. I live in SoCal, the asians that roll up to the makrket in their Lexus's and then pay for their food with stamps. Where is the story with that situation.?

  22. 22

    Re: Emilayday – That's BS. Food stamps are a temporary hand up,( not a permanent handout), for the truly impoverished to help get you back on your feet. Winning the lottery is said example of being back on your feet. He had enough $ for a luxury car, so don't even go there about him being smart & 'frugal'. If he cared so much about not blowing his $, he would have taken money managment courses and seen a financial advisor to help make that money grow and teach him how to be mindful. But no, he selfishly decided to keep abusing the system and you have the audacity to congragulate him?

  23. 23

    That whole system really needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up because, not just this guy, but other people are taking advantage of loop holes.

  24. 24

    This guy is a douche but his little food stamps won't ruin the country. What ruined the U.S. economy was Bush's policies plain and simple. Billions in Iraq didn't help the matter. That's not chump change. Don't blame this lottery winner.

  25. 25

    who cares if he's white, green or purple…he's being a total greedy pig!!! If he was unable to afford groceries and needed assistance why on earth is he spending, what money he does have on lottery tickets???

  26. 26

    Didn't he donate $500,000. to St. Judes hospital? I read that on a different site.

  27. 27

    Re: biana v – I agree…just seems weird. Those are all great suggestions. And really, what could he possibly get a month in food stamps that could possibly help? That's like giving a whale a tic-tac.

  28. @v@ says – reply to this


    The example is set from the top. Monkey see, monkey do.

  29. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: lolli – Conditioned poverty reflexes know no racial boundaries. He's acting like a person who has seen lean times, and is afraid he will see them again unless he hoards resources. If he could be educated as to how to provide for himself satisfactorily for the rest of his life, he might feel confident enough to drop the food welfare.

  30. 30

    Good to know thats were my tax money is going. What an asshole.

  31. 31

    obvoiusly the laws need to be changed….and soon!!

  32. 32

    What a fucking jerk. Go to hell

  33. 33

    in a way it's really wrong, but in a way it's also pretty smart. considering most people who win the lotto would probably go crazy. I'm assuming he's not doing that. 2 million is actually not that much. He'll run out of it and then be back to living off of his low income. It's definitely not right that he's using the system, but at the same time it's sort of smart.