DETROIT (WKZO) -- New numbers show that over 35-hundred Michigan lottery winners are getting welfare or living with someone receiving assistance.
The data was released by Michigan's Department of Human Services on Monday. Maura Corrigan, director of the Department of Human Services, says they could only remove 565 lottery winners from welfare because of loopholes and glitches in the system.
A new law requires the DHS to cross-check winners of one-thousand dollars or more with public assistance recipients. The requirement was imposed last year following two high-profile cases of million-dollar lottery winners who continued to receive food stamps months after winning the jackpot.