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In One Year, Former Food Stamp Recipient Becomes Millionaire Then Dies of Drug Overdose

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 04 October 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Prescription Drugs

Lottery Winner Overdoses

Amanda Clayton, the Michigan lottery winner was recently found dead in the home she purchased with lottery proceeds that she won in September 2011.

Although an autopsy has yet to be performed, drugs are reportedly the culprit.

According to RadarOnline, as well as a number of online news sources including Huffing Post, 25 year old Clayton was reportedly found dead on Friday, at her Ecorse, Michigan home.

Authorities revealed that Clayton apparently suffered from a prescription drug overdose.

At this time there are no details regarding the prescription drug that she overdosed on.

Clayton, a young mother, was discovered laying her bed with her arms clenched around her 1 year old daughter.

Clayton first came to public attention when she divulged that she continued to be a recipient of food stamps despite the fact that she had won a million dollars in lottery proceeds.

In June of 2012, Clayton was charged with welfare related fraud. Notwithstanding the fact that she repaid $5,500.00 in food stamp and medical benefits, Clayton was placed on nine months of probation.

Meanwhile, news sources alleged that Clayton spent the majority of her lottery proceedings on a new car and new home, before her untimely overdose death.

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DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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