Lottery Winner Amanda Clayton Banked State Aide After Banking $1 Million Prize

A Michigan woman who banked half a million after hitting it big playing the state's lottery is still relying on taxpayers to pay for her grocery bills. Amanda Clayton was busted by a local television station using her public assistance benefits, worth $200 a month, five months after winning it big.

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A Michigan woman who banked half a million after hitting it big playing the state's lottery is still relying on taxpayers to pay for her grocery bills.

Amanda Clayton was busted by a local television station using her public assistance benefits, worth $200 a month, five months after winning it big.

"I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought, maybe, it was OK because I'm not working," Clayton, 24, told WDIV when it asked whether she thought it was ethical for her to receive the benefits.

She added that she needed the money because she was unemployed and had bills on two houses to pay.

"It's just hard, you know," she told the TV station. "I'm struggling."

Clayton won $1 million, but took the $700,000 lump sum and said she pocketed $500,000 after taxes.

After the video went viral earlier this week, Michigan's Department of Human Services told the Detroit News late Wednesday night they had cut off her benefits.

"DHS relies on clients being forthcoming about their actual financial status," she said in a statement. "If they are not, and continue to accept benefits, they may face criminal investigation and be required to pay back those benefits."

In an interview with the Detroit News, Clayton's mom, Euline, said her daughter was stressed out over the media attention.

"I'm not saying it was the right thing to do," she said. "But it's nobody's business if she's not breaking the law."

A lawmaker in the state is now trying to pass legislation that would make it illegal for people like Clayton to collect benefits.

"We need to continue to protect our taxpayers' dollars ... and taxpayer dollars should be going to those who really do need assistance," Michigan Rep. Dale Zorn of Ida Township told HLN.