Former lottery winner dead from apparent drug overdose
In 2011, 25-year-old Amanda Clayton won a million dollar jackpot in the Michigan State lottery and walked away with a one-time, lump payment of more than $730,000.
Twelve months later, Clayton was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.
Oddly enough, Clayton never disclosed her winnings to Michigan‘s Department of Human Services and continued to collect welfare benefits. This past June, she pleaded no contest to fraud charges, received nine months of probation and paid back roughly $5000 of the benefits she stole.
In a recent statement, Clayton’s attorney indicated that she likely wasn’t mature enough to handle such large winnings. I wonder what gave it away? Could it have been the fact that she spent some of her cash on the drugs that eventually killed her?
Remind me not to obtain any of this lawyer‘s services in the future. I’m fairly certain that I could state the obvious without an attorney’s help.