$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.

Should Welfare Applicants Be Drug Tested?

This is a topic that has been debated for many years and is probably derived from the stigma that associates welfare in a negative light; such as calling those on welfare “crackheads” and “drug abusers”.  The stereotype of drug abusers with welfare has been around for centuries and has created this negative feeling for those families who find themselves needing to apply for help.  Although most states have cracked down on welfare to a point where it is extremely difficult to get on TANF {Temporary Assistance for Needy Families aka Cash Assistance} there are still some who abuse the system. Whether you are talking about a public assistance system or employment opportunities, there will always be that small percentage of people who find a way to abuse the situation.

Let’s look at welfare as a paying “position” that helps you get back on your feet from unexpectedly losing employment. Most employers in America now require you to have drug testing done prior to being offered an employment position. If you take a moment to compare TANF to a paid employee position then it would make sense that one would have to be drug tested in order to receive such benefits. Some say it’s unconstitutional to drug test welfare applicants, even a Judge in Florida temporarily blocked such request citing the idea of drug testing welfare applicants as possible breach of the people’s constitutional rights, saying that “it may violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures“.

The definition for unreasonable searches and seizures is “search of an individual or his/her premises (including an automobile) and/or seizure of evidence found in such a search by a law enforcement officer without a search warrant and without “probable cause” to believe evidence of a crime is present”. source The Free DictionaryDoes this definition really make any sense as a valid argument for drug testing welfare applicants?

If a state requires applicants for welfare to be drug tested prior to receiving any benefits then it’s not unjust and judgmental.  Creating a law that allows drug testing as part of the application process for welfare could be simply be defined as;  a way to ensure TANF is being used for it’s intended purpose. As with any new laws they get grandfathered in, so this process wouldn’t affect current recipients of welfare but may affect them when they are up for reevaluation of eligibility.

There is much debate over the topic of whether or not welfare applicants should be required to go through drug testing as part of the eligibility process and the debate will probably continue on for centuries.

Would you want to be drug tested as part of the TANF application process or do you agree with those that say such an idea is unconstitutional? Share your thoughts in a productive way, refrain from being hurtful and judgmental.

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