DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers last year vowed to crack down when they heard an $850,000 lottery winner was buying groceries with food stamps. Now comes news of another lucky player getting food on the public dime -- and the Legislature still hasn't passed a law to easily detect and clamp down on the abuse.
"We were on this already but now we have two cases. I'm hoping it will hurry us along," state Rep. Dave Agema, a Republican from Grandville, said Thursday. "It demonstrates the entitlement attitude we have in the United States. They want something for nothing."
Amanda Clayton, 24, of Lincoln Park, chose a $700,000 lump sum last fall after winning a $1 million jackpot on "Make Me Rich!" a Michigan lottery game show. A Detroit TV station approached her this week and asked why she still was using a debit-style card to make purchases under the food-stamp program.