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Michigan official wants to take lottery winnings from the poor.

From The Detroit News Michigan's Department of Human Services said Monday it found 3,544 lottery winners on the state's welfare rolls or living with someone receiving public assistance in 2012. A new law requires DHS to cross-check the Michigan Lottery's list of winners of $1,000 or more with public assistance recipients. DHS Director Maura Corrigan said Monday her department could only remove 565 of the lottery winners — or 16 percent — from the welfare rolls because of "loopholes" and "glitches" in federal asset-testing requirements and rules for cutting off assistance for individuals on public health care programs. Corrigan is recommending lawmakers adopt a New York law allowing the state to "intercept" lottery winnings from welfare recipients to repay taxpayers. DHS said it found 19 individuals on welfare programs who won more than $100,000 and five others living in a household with someone on public assistance. The 3,544 lottery winners receiving public assistance or living with someone who does represented 14 percent of all winners, according to the report. They won a total of $24,101,074 between April and December 2012, the agency said. DHS said 791 individuals won between $1,000 and $2,000, and 2,951 — or 83 percent — won less than $5,000. Of the 565 kicked off welfare programs, 364 won less than $5,000, according to the department.


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