After the Michigan State Department of Human Services did a study to check up on past lottery winners found that many of them were still living on welfare while collecting their lottery jackpots.
A new state law in Michigan requires a cross-check of lottery winners who receive more than $1000. The law requires that winners not be found to be receiving public assistance, such as welfare. After the study, the Department of Human Services found that 3,544 lottery winners were either receiving benefits or living with someone who did.
Of those found to be receiving state benefits, 19 of the welfare recipients had won more than $100,000 from the state lottery. Only 565 of the jackpot winners have been removed from welfare rolls so far, most of whom won less than $5,000.
It is always unfortunate when people take advantage of others. The Michigan State Lottery and the Department of Human Services are both working to make sure this does not happen again.