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Mich. lottery winner who kept collecting welfare found dead

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A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who won $1 million in the Michigan Lottery and was later convicted for still collecting state welfare died Saturday from an apparent drug overdose.

Ecorse Police confirmed Saturday afternoon that Amanda Clayton, of Lincoln Park, was found dead at a residence on Sunnyside Street at 9 a.m.

Shortly after winning the lottery in March, Clayton's story garnered national media attention when she revealed she was still collecting $5,500 from the state in food aid and medical benefits .

Clayton, 25, pleaded no contest to fraud in June and was placed on six months' probation in July.

In August, four people were charged with felonious assault outside of Clayton's residence. The dispute, which involved a baseball bat, knife and toy gun, started as a disagreement over grass clippings between Clayton and her neighbor's lawns.

Clayton isn't the only Michigan Lottery winner to become notorious after making headlines.

In August, millionaire Freddie Young, of Detroit, was sentenced to 20 to 35 years in prison for fatally shooting his daughter's landlord.

Young, 64, was convicted on second-degree murder and felony firearm charges in the May 2011 killing of Australian native Gregory McNicol.

Prosecutors said Young won an estimated $1.57 million share of a Michigan Lottery jackpot in February 2011. Three months later, he shot 45-year-old McNicol over $1,000 in back rent owed by his daughter.

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Thanks to dpoly1 and emilyg for the tip.

The Detroit News

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Litebets27's avatar - power
United States
Member #10465
January 14, 2005
6065 Posts
Posted: September 29, 2012, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

The curse of winning a Jackpot....

Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

Come on Jackpot!!!

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    Member #116268
    September 7, 2011
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    Posted: September 29, 2012, 10:30 pm - IP Logged

    I do believe that drug abuse was the "curse" in this case.

      sully16's avatar - sharan
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      October 28, 2009
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      Posted: September 29, 2012, 10:33 pm - IP Logged

      How sad, she could have had the world at her fingertips, RIP Amanda, may you find peace.

       HyperBe Happy.

        haymaker's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
        Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
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        Member #112968
        June 29, 2011
        3857 Posts
        Posted: September 29, 2012, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

        Maybe now michigan may consider anonymous also.

        Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

          rdgrnr's avatar - walt
          Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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          Member #73904
          April 28, 2009
          14903 Posts
          Posted: September 29, 2012, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

          What a sad ending to what should have been a happy story.

          May she rest in peace.

            RedStang's avatar - tallman zps6gf4inoc.jpg
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            Member #121961
            January 21, 2012
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            Posted: September 29, 2012, 11:18 pm - IP Logged

            I hope she died broke or the rest of the $ goes to a good cause.

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              March 14, 2012
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              Posted: September 29, 2012, 11:46 pm - IP Logged

              Very sad.  Its a good lesson for lottery winners overall.  Too bad for this lottery winner the price to learn was more than one should pay.

              I will be extra careful now and resist as much peer pressure as possible to buy large quantities of cocaine when i win.

              I knew those bolivians moving in next door was a bad luck sign.Scared

              Thinking of...

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                February 25, 2012
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                Posted: September 30, 2012, 12:54 am - IP Logged

                Im sad


                I liked her.  Disapprove


                I can't believe this!


                And she won on Sept 11th too hmm?


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                  February 6, 2012
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                  Posted: September 30, 2012, 1:15 am - IP Logged

                  This is just terrible. 



                    Republic of Texas
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                    January 9, 2008
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                    Posted: September 30, 2012, 1:20 am - IP Logged

                    Too bad she was not able to get some help with her winnings. People make bad choices. And sometimes those choices are fatal.


                    RIP Amanda, may you find the peace you seek in the afterlife.



                      Elgin, IL
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                      Member #93542
                      July 2, 2010
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                      Posted: September 30, 2012, 1:40 am - IP Logged

                      This is sad.  She was only 25 years old and drugs were the cause. I don't believe the lottery is cursed. That's ridiculous.  If everyone who ever won the lottery died soon after, then I probably would believe a curse does exist, but until then, no.

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                        December 5, 2009
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                        Posted: September 30, 2012, 1:48 am - IP Logged

                        I can't imagine the amount of harrassment she must have been going through once the story broke about her. 



                          MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

                          Member #9517
                          December 10, 2004
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                          Posted: September 30, 2012, 4:30 am - IP Logged

                          She might have been  given an overdose by people she didn't want to share her winnings with.

                            IPlayWeekly's avatar - avatarmoney
                            Columbus, Ohio
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                            June 5, 2012
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                            Posted: September 30, 2012, 5:19 am - IP Logged

                            RIP, very sad story