$1 Million Lottery Winner Who Continued to Collect Welfare, Dead of Drug Overdose
Lottery Winner Amanda Clayton Found Dead of Possible Drug Overdose
A woman who won $1 million in the lottery but continued to collect welfare benefits died of a drug overdose.
Karma is real, y'all.
Amanda Clayton, who won $1 million in the Michigan Lottery, was found dead in bed, holding her one and a half year old daughter.
According to Clayton's friend's boyfriend, the lottery winner had seemed confused the evening before, as he noted, "She was already in a bad stage. Her legs were shaking. You know she was going through her prayers. She was eating food with the kids."
He also shared how Clayton's daughter tried to wake her mother, saying, "She was right next to her sleeping. They were watching a movie together. She started crying and that's when Rachel walked in and she tried to see what was going on and she flipped her and she was gone."
Clayton is believed to have died of a drug overdose.
She continued to receive welfare benefits after winning the lottery, but once she was found out, Clayton was charged with welfare fraud. She was sentenced to nine months probation and repaid $5,500 in state food and medical benefits.
Her friend's boyfriend added that the fame that came with winning the lottery lead to her demise: "So many people tried to take advantage of her, act like they are her friends just to get some money from her. It gets to the point where you start questioning yourself. Are they really my friends or are they using me? What's the point of having money if you're not going to have happiness?"
According to the man, Clayton only had $67,000 of her winnings left after buying things for her family and setting up college funds for her two children.