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Michigan Lottery Winner In 2010 Food Stamp Flap Found Dead In River – CBS Detroit

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MIDLAND, Michigan (AP) A Michigan lottery winner who made headlines in 2010 when collecting food stamps despite receiving nearly $ 1 million was found dead in a river, authorities said.

The body, found in the Tittabawassee River last Saturday, was identified as Leroy Fick, 69, from Auburn, Midland Police said.

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The cause of death was not disclosed.

Fick raised nearly $ 1 million after taking the flat-rate option for a $ 2 million lottery prize. He said he was still getting food stamps because big lottery wins didn’t seem to disqualify him.

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Fick also built a new house and bought fireworks and a Camaro, MLive.com reported.

After another lottery player recognized similar circumstances in 2011, Michigan lawmakers changed the law to keep the Department of Health informed of lottery winnings.

Amanda Clayton died of an apparent drug overdose in 2012.

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