Lottery winner Leroy Fick, who hit the Michigan jackpot of $2 million, is making headlines around the nation. His headline-making is not because he struck it big in the “Make Me Rich” contest last June but rather because he still receives – and uses – food stamps.
While many across the nation are outraged at Fick’s refusal to give up his food stamp allotment, none should be surprised. He has simply fallen in step with what this country has become: the Great Melting Pot of Moochers.
Besides, Fick’s lawyer says his client is doing nothing wrong by keeping his food stamps, handed out in Michigan in the form of a Bridge Card. Funny Fick has no problem paying for a lawyer.
“He’s not trying to cheat the state,” Fick’s attorney John Wilson was quoted in an ABC News article. “Based on his income, he’s eligible.” Fick is unemployed with his only income from Social Security benefits. His income does not change after taking home lottery winnings of $850,000 because that money is an asset, not part of his income. Michigan law currently says assets have no bearing on a person’s eligibility for food stamps.