Michigan finds 3,500 lottery winners get public aid

Michigan has found 3,500 lottery winners who either got welfare or lived with welfare recipients.

The state Department of Human Services came up with the list as required under a 2012 state law. About 14 percent of lottery winners are either welfare recipients or live in a household with recipients.

The lottery winners flagged in Monday's report won at least $1,000. The state found welfare recipients on average won $6,800.

Human Services Director Maura Corrigan says some lottery winners are no longer getting public assistance because of the law signed a year ago. But she says "loopholes" still let lottery winners collect some Medicaid benefits.

The law requires asset tests to determine eligibility for public assistance. Lawmakers passed it after a Bay County man used food stamps despite winning $850,000.