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Drug overdose may have killed woman who won $1 million in lottery but kept getting welfare

AP Photo / Courtesy Michigan Lottery via Detroit News

In this photo provided by the Michigan Lottery, Amanda Clayton holds her $1 million lottery check.

ECORSE, Mich. -- A drug overdose may have killed Amanda Clayton, a Detroit-area woman who won a $1 million lottery prize but kept collecting welfare benefits, police said Saturday.

Ecorse police Sgt. Cornelius Herring said Clayton, 25, of Lincoln Park was found dead about 9 a.m. Saturday at a home, The Associated Press said. Ecorse is southwest of Detroit. 

Clayton won the $1 million prize in September.


In April, prosecutors accused Clayton of collecting $5,475 in food and medical benefits from August 2011 through March that she would not have received had she reported the lottery winnings and income from a job she held from June through October 2011. In June, she pleaded no contest to fraud and was sentenced to nine months' probation in July.

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Her attorney has said Clayton repaid about $5,500, the AP reported.

"It's simply common sense that million-dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement.

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In April, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law requiring lottery officials to tell Human Services about new winners, the AP said.

This article includes reporting by NBC News staff and Reuters.

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