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Now, local lawmakers across the state are calling for legislation that prevents lottery winners from receiving any public assistance.
Earlier this week, TV5 introduced viewers to Leroy Fick, a man who won $2 million on a Michigan lottery show and admits that he still uses his Bridge Card.
But the most shocking thing about the story may be that, according to the State Department of Human Services, it’s all legal.
“All loopholes in the law that allow such a ridiculous situation need to be closed immediately,” said State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare.
Johnson isn’t the only lawmaker hoping to put an end to the loophole. State Rep. Charles Brunner D-Bay City and Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland also plan to introduce similar legislation.
DHS officials confirmed that Fick was directed to continue using the Bridge Card and that his eligibility was even recently reviewed and reconfirmed. The state officials blamed the loophole on the fact that the $850,000 lump sum payment Fick received is not counted in federal guidelines that determine eligibility for food stamps.
"Like everyone in Bay County, I am disgusted and appalled that the state would let a rich man take advantage of taxpayer dollars earned by hard-working people," Brunner said. "Residents have every right to be angry and outraged. The system is broken and it has to be fixed right now."