ECORSE, Mich. (September 30, 2012)--A Detroit-area woman who collected welfare benefits even after winning a $735,000 lottery prize has died of a possible drug overdose, police said.
Ecorse, Mich., police Sgt. Cornelius Herring confirmed that Amanda Clayton, 25, was found dead at around 9 a.m. Saturday at a home in the community southwest of Detroit.
Clayton of Lincoln Park pleaded no contest to fraud in June and was sentenced to nine months' probation in July.
Her attorney has said Clayton repaid about $5,500 in food aid and medical benefits.
Michigan's Department of Human Services said Clayton didn't inform the state about her pre-tax lottery windfall last year.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law in April requiring lottery officials to tell Human Services about new winners.