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Mich. lottery winner burns through money, gets jail time for drugs

After the Big WinAfter the Big Win: Mich. lottery winner burns through money, gets jail time for drugs
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mi. — A Williams Township, Michigan, lottery winner will be spending about the next month and a half behind bars for illegally possessing a prescription painkiller.

Isabella County Trial Court Judge Mark H. Duthie on Thursday sentenced Leroy N. Fick, 59, to 45 days in jail with credit for three days served. Upon release, he will serve one year of probation and must also pay several court fines and costs.

Fick was late in appearing for the 2 p.m. hearing in Duthie's courtroom and had to be picked up by his attorney, John Wilson. The pair entered the courtroom around 2:40 p.m., Fick's blond-white hair flowing out from under his Vietnam veteran baseball cap.

"Mr. Fick is the infamous Leroy Fick from lottery days gone by," Wilson told the judge. "Unfortunately, that's exactly what they are — they're gone by."

Though Fick received a lump sum of about $850,000 after winning about $2 million in Michigan's Make Me Rich! lottery in June 2010, he now lives on a fixed income of $1,100 a month, Wilson said. Fick sparked controversy when he admitted to using a Bridge Card after winning the jackpot.

(See $2M Michigan lottery winner defends use of food stamps, Lottery Post, May 18, 2011.)

"How long did it take him to go through that amount of money?" Duthie asked.

About one year, Wilson replied, adding that Fick was not equipped to handle such a large sum and that family and friends took advantage of him.

Isabella County Sheriff's deputies pulled over Fick in Chippewa Township in September and found prescription painkillers in his possession. Fick on Dec. 8 pleaded guilty to one count of possession of hydromorphone and a count of driving on a suspended license, second offense. In exchange for his pleas, prosecutors dismissed a count of possession of hydrocodone.

Wilson said Fick suffers from pain and that friends provided him with the painkillers.

In Bay County District Court, Fick is facing three misdemeanor charges of possession of illegal fireworks, plus numerous traffic violations, including driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, allowing an unlicensed person to drive and driving 97 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Once Fick has served his time in Isabella County, he will accept a plea offer in Bay County, Wilson said.

"He likes fireworks," Wilson said. "That's where a lot of the money has gone, frankly."

Fick declined to comment when the judge afforded him the opportunity.

Sentencing guidelines were between zero and 17 months, Duthie said.

"You've just been involved in so much criminal activity over such a short period of time, that I have to give you some jail," the judge told Fick, just before he was escorted out of the courtroom by a deputy.

Thanks to DC81 for the tip.

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Posted: January 14, 2012, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES! SEE WHAT BEING STUPID DOES! It gets you in jail STUPID!  How long did they think 850,000 after taxes was going to last anyway?

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    Posted: January 14, 2012, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

    A Williams Township, Michigan, lottery winner will be spending about the next month and a half behind bars for illegally possessing a prescription painkiller.

    Isabella County Trial Court Judge Mark H. Duthie on Thursday sentenced Leroy N. Fick, 59, to 45 days in jail with credit for three days served. Upon release, he will serve one year of probation and must also pay several court fines and costs.

    Fick was late in appearing for the 2 p.m. hearing in Duthie's courtroom and had to be picked up by his attorney, John Wilson. The pair entered the courtroom around 2:40 p.m., Fick's blond-white hair flowing out from under his Vietnam veteran baseball cap.

    "Mr. Fick is the infamous Leroy Fick from lottery days gone by," Wilson told the judge. "Unfortunately, that's exactly what they are — they're gone by."

    Though Fick received a lump sum of about $850,000 after winning about $2 million in Michigan's Make Me Rich! lottery in June 2010, he now lives on a fixed income of $1,100 a month, Wilson said. Fick sparked controversy when he admitted to using a Bridge Card after winning the jackpot.

    (See $2M Michigan lottery winner defends use of food stamps, Lottery Post, May 18, 2011.)

    "How long did it take him to go through that amount of money?" Duthie asked.

    About one year, Wilson replied, adding that Fick was not equipped to handle such a large sum and that family and friends took advantage of him.

    Isabella County Sheriff's deputies pulled over Fick in Chippewa Township in September and found prescription painkillers in his possession. Fick on Dec. 8 pleaded guilty to one count of possession of hydromorphone and a count of driving on a suspended license, second offense. In exchange for his pleas, prosecutors dismissed a count of possession of hydrocodone.

    Wilson said Fick suffers from pain and that friends provided him with the painkillers.

    In Bay County District Court, Fick is facing three misdemeanor charges of possession of illegal fireworks, plus numerous traffic violations, including driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, allowing an unlicensed person to drive and driving 97 mph in a 55 mph zone.

    Once Fick has served his time in Isabella County, he will accept a plea offer in Bay County, Wilson said.

    "He likes fireworks," Wilson said. "That's where a lot of the money has gone, frankly."

    Fick declined to comment when the judge afforded him the opportunity.

    Sentencing guidelines were between zero and 17 months, Duthie said.

    "You've just been involved in so much criminal activity over such a short period of time, that I have to give you some jail," the judge told Fick, just before he was escorted out of the courtroom by a deputy.

    Thanks to DC81 for the tip.

    Mr Wilson's comment about Leroy Fick not being equipped to handle large sums of money is indeed , a vast understatement. This man is totally  irresponsible. He is actting like a two year old. Even with a fixed income , he should own a clock to get to court on time ! I use to hear older people say " A FOOL and his's MONEY are soon parted" . This man fit the statement.Disapprove

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      Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

      It'd be funny if it wasn't so sad, so unnecessary and so predictable.

      Surely his genius financial advisor son will take care of him now with his booming "Collector" business he runs out of a motel room.

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        Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:28 pm - IP Logged

        LCML @ 1900 hrs. today.

         

         

        go 49ers.

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          Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:29 pm - IP Logged

          What's a Bridge Card?

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            Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:30 pm - IP Logged

            What's a Bridge Card?

            michigan's version of food stamps.

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              Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

              michigan's version of food stamps.

              Oh,ok.Thanks,haymaker.

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                Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

                It'd be funny if it wasn't so sad, so unnecessary and so predictable.

                Surely his genius financial advisor son will take care of him now with his booming "Collector" business he runs out of a motel room.

                could'nt this moron at least use some of the money to get his drivers lic. restored and see a doctor for a prescripion ?

                instead of taking pills ment for someone else.

                and fireworks,how much can you spend on em ?

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                  Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

                  I saw that idiot on tv awile back.Its hard to believe that there are people that stupid running around.Just proves my theory that some people should be sterilized at birth so that they can't reproduce.

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                    Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

                    What's a Bridge Card?

                    They're called "Foodie Cards" in TN and all their users show up at all the grocery stores around the first week of the month.

                    You can tell when they're there by all the garbage thrown everywhere in the parking lots and the mess they make of everything inside the stores.

                    Human pigs.

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                      Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

                      They're called "Foodie Cards" in TN and all their users show up at all the grocery stores around the first week of the month.

                      You can tell when they're there by all the garbage thrown everywhere in the parking lots and the mess they make of everything inside the stores.

                      Human pigs.

                      It takes all kinds.Where would be if we didn't have these types of people to complain about?

                      For those that have never seen this episode of Lottery Changed My Life,it will be on this evening at 6p.m.central time on the TLC network.

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                        Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

                        It takes all kinds.Where would be if we didn't have these types of people to complain about?

                        For those that have never seen this episode of Lottery Changed My Life,it will be on this evening at 6p.m.central time on the TLC network.

                        yea, watching motel millionaire right now.

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                          Posted: January 14, 2012, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

                          They're called "Foodie Cards" in TN and all their users show up at all the grocery stores around the first week of the month.

                          You can tell when they're there by all the garbage thrown everywhere in the parking lots and the mess they make of everything inside the stores.

                          Human pigs.

                          ridge, don't insult our little freinds that provide us w/ham and bacon by assoc. them w/ the foodie card crowd. LOL

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                            Posted: January 14, 2012, 4:18 pm - IP Logged

                            ridge, don't insult our little freinds that provide us w/ham and bacon by assoc. them w/ the foodie card crowd. LOL

                            You're right, haymaker, I love bacon and ham but the first thing that pops into my head is a herd of pigs when I see the ungodly mess they leave behind.

                            My apologies to swine everywhere, lol.