$1 Million Lotto Winner from Michigan Dies

I play the PowerBall every Wednesday and Saturday, playing the same numbers that I had come to me in a vision. Actually, what it was is one day I had it in my mind to buy a PowerBall ticket, out of the blue. So I did. On my drive from the store to my home, I already knew the numbers. It’s as if these are my lucky numbers and I had a complete vision of me winning the PowerBall, of course I have no clue when this will happen but I firmly believe in visions.

Because of this new love of PowerBall, I have been paying attention to what’s going on with the lottery & being that I am a numbers fanatic I try to see if there is any pattern to the numbers, which of course there really does not seem to be. Lottery numbers are completely random.  To my surprise today while looking at various lottery news, I found out that a girl from Detroit may have died from a drug overdose after winning $1 million from Michigan Lottery.

Apparently this young 25 year old woman was still collecting welfare benefits after winning her $1 million. Apparently this young woman, Amanda Clayton, was accused of collecting $5,475 in food and medical benefits from August 2011 through March. {source: NBC news} This money she collected would not have been provided to Clayton had she claimed her lottery winnings. The attorney for Clayton stated she paid back $5,500 after her winnings.

I guess there is now a law in Michigan where lottery officials must report those who win to the health & human services state branches to ensure any welfare recipients who win must claim their new income. I do agree that it should be common sense to report your lottery winnings to the state if you are on assistance. In NH, they even go as far as to look at your recent bank statements {at least one month prior} and they usually do a six month check on people, which means, I don’t know how this young woman could have collected so much after winning $1 million, but you know, state workers have huge case loads around here so I am sure in other states it’s just the same.

This poor young woman won $1 million and then was found dead, supposedly due to a drug overdose. I could not imagine. My thoughts go out to the family of this young girl. I get that some may not feel bad for her drug overdose and the accusations that she had against her, however, if you have never been addicted to drugs & if you have never been living in this woman’s shoes you can not even begin to judge. This is a sad situation all around & I do hope it’s a lesson for many to learn from.

The Love Story of @IgboSwag and @DaRealChrisReed

I love telling this story, people always ask “How the hell did the two of
you… one from Detroit, the other Lagos, Nigeria, manage to find each
other in San Antonio, TX?”

Records show that @IgboSwag started following me, @DaRealChrisReed on
twitter sometime in July … he answered a blind tweet that I sent out in
August. I had just made the decision to re-launch my boutique PR firm and
was going to do a twitpic tour of my day. He’d obviously been amused and
invited me to happy hour at a bar here in San Antonio. Coming from Detroit
I am basically fearless, so I accepted his invitation. I mean, why not? I
had just moved to Texas and hadn’t been on a date in months.

When he walked into Azuca, a downtown San Antonio bar popular for mojitos,
I swear he took my breath away. The man was tall, dark with a beautiful
smile, just gorgeous. And after 5 hours of conversation I knew he was the
one … all I kept thinking was “he’s perfect”. A week later we knew that
we would be together forever. There was no chase, no back and forth and no
doubt about it… just a tad bit of drama, but nothing to sweat. Our
mindset was as if we had gone through our lives, letting nothing bother us
… just patiently waiting for us to meet each other. And when we did
meet, everything was put into perspective.

A little under 6 months after meeting, Jan. 3rd, 2012 @DaRealChrisReed (787
followers) and @IgboSwag (205 followers) became #TeamOgba … *yup, I met
my HUSBAND on Twitter! *

You can check out the individual blogs of @DaRealChrisReed and @IgboSwag here: about.me/chrisbethany and about.me/u.kelechiogba

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