Amanda Clayton (pictured), the $1 million Michigan Lottery winner who continued to collect food stamps after her big payday, was found dead from a possible drug overdose on Saturday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Friends found Clayton lying in bed holding her one and a half year old daughter, according to WXYZ-TV. Results from an autopsy are pending.
The Lincoln Park, Mich., woman drew national attention for collecting food stamp benefits after winning the state lottery’s $1-million “Make Me Rich!” game show. She shot back at critics, arguing that she was entitled to the benefits because she needed the money.
State Attorney General Bill Schuette charged Clayton with felony welfare fraud, and she was sentenced to nine months of probation in late July, according to the Free Press. She was also ordered to repay the $5,500 in food stamp and medical assistance she received after winning the lottery money.
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WXYZ-TV spoke to her boyfriend and this is what he had to say:
When she went to a home in Ecorse on Friday night to see her kids, 25-year-old Amanda Clayton appeared confused said her friend’s boyfriend.