$2 Million Lottery Winner Still Uses Food Stamps

on May 20, 2011 @ 10:37 am

What in the world? I was browsing through http://perezhilton.com/page/3/ and there was blurb about this man...
...using food stamps even though he won $2 million from the lottery 11 months ago. I am pretty appalled by this. The food stamps should go to people who really needs it.

What do you guys think? It is legal for him to use the food stamps but is it ethical?

4 Replies

heeeeh on May 20, 2011 @ 10:54 am

That's so funny!!
It is a little unfair, but some people have a larger need for money than others (in a psychological way, not). I can't really say anything about it except...good for him? lol

would want more info on May 20, 2011 @ 11:02 am

I was under the assumption that food stamps are issued on a needs basis. If that's true and this man continues to receive food stamps legally (I'm assuming here that his lotto winnings were duly reported to the tax authorities or wherever), then I guess there's nothing wrong with it. I'm a fan of not wasting money if savvy shopping can get you the same products for less, no matter how wealthy you are.

However, on a fairness level, it does seem to be inappropriate.

More information on May 20, 2011 @ 11:09 am

What he is doing is legal because food stamp eligibility is based on gross income and not his liquid assets. So as long as he is under the gross income requirement, he can continue to enjoy those food stamps.

I saw this on May 21, 2011 @ 11:04 am

on our local news, it was coming out of Michigan if I remember right.
They said there's a loop hole in the system and that's how he can still
get away with this. I guess they are now trying to close this loop hole.
Myself I just wouldn't feel right if I won that kind of money and was
on food stamps. That would be the first thing I'd have stopped. I guess
it's a moral issue as well.


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