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?