Lottery winner Amanda Clayton found dead; overdose suspected

2:54 PM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
  • The Lincoln Park woman was charged with fraud Tuesday for collecting $5,500 in state benefits after winning the lottery.
  • Amanda Clayton, winner of $1 million from the Michigan Lottery.
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LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- A lawyer says public scrutiny was a burden for a Michigan lottery winner who died a few months after being prosecuted for welfare fraud.

Todd Flood represented Amanda Clayton when the attorney general's office filed charges against her. The 25-year-old was found dead of a possible drug overdose Saturday at a Detroit-area home.

In 2011, Clayton won a $735,000 lottery prize, before taxes. Earlier this year, she was charged with fraud after a TV station reported that she continued to receive $5,400 in public benefits despite the windfall.

Flood says Clayton probably didn't have the maturity to handle the lump-sum winnings, much like other people with sudden riches. He says Clayton had some money left but it was a "far cry" from where she started.

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