• Michigan may count lottery wins against welfare

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    LANSING, Mich. –

    Michigan lawmakers have completed a plan aimed at ensuring big lottery winners can’t continue to get public support such as food stamps.

    Lawmakers gave final approval to the bills Thursday, sending them to Governor Rick Snyder.

    Lottery officials would be required to notify the state’s Department of Human Services about winners of $1,000 or more.

    The legislation also would put into state law a requirement for asset tests to help determine eligibility for some welfare programs in the state. That provision drew the most opposition from lawmakers, although some asset tests already are used in Michigan through state department policy.

    Other measures passed overwhelmingly.

    The votes come after revelations that winners of $850,000 and $700,000 Michigan Lottery prizes had continued to use food stamps despite their winnings.

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