$2M Lottery Winner Leroy Fick Still On Food Stamps

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Leroy Fick talking to TV5 reporter

Leroy Fick won $2 million on ‘Make Me Rich!’, a Michigan Lottery game show last June.

With the $850,000 he took home after taxes, the 59-year old  lottery winner from  Bay County, Michigan, bought a new home and a used Audi convertible. However, when he goes shopping for groceries, Leroy Fick is still using his Bridge Card, Michigan’s version of food stamps.

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Leroy Fick won $2 million on 'Make Me Rich!', a Michigan Lottery game show.

Fick said the Department of Human Services told him he could continue to use the card, which is paid with Michigan tax dollars.

“If you’re going to … try to make me feel bad, you aren’t going to do it,” Fick said to the TV5 reporter Bill Walsh.

State Department of Human Services spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said that under federal guidelines, lottery winnings are not counted as income if a person receives a lump-sum payment.