Lotto Winner Death Is Suspected Drug Overdose

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A Michigan woman who won a million dollars in a lotto game and then admitted to receiving food stamps afterward has died, and police are speculating that it was an overdose, as Clayton had a history of prescription drug use.

Amanda Clayton was the subject of some outrage after it was discovered that she hadn’t reported her winnings last September to the Michigan offices which dispensed her aid, and was subsequently still receiving $200 a month in food stamps. She was eventually charged with welfare fraud after using more than $5,475 of the state’s money for food and medical assistance and plead no contest in July, when she was sentenced to probation.

Clayton was found in her Ecorse, Michigan home over the weekend; an autopsy and toxicology report are pending. Sadly, it was reported that her young daughter was with the body at the time. No other information has been given about the little girl.

“The Amanda I knew was caring person,” said Josh Ormanian, Clayton’s former boyfriend. “She did care. She went down the wrong path, she got the money, got the freedom, and felt like she could do whatever she wanted. Some people don’t have will power.”

Lotto Winner Death Is Suspected Drug Overdose
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  • Justice

    I guess any money received that can be taxed is considered income. Maybe she did not know that. I hope she still had some money left for her children and that they and not someone else was named as beneficiary. As for the stupid comments…..some of you were apparently raised and breed by wolves…no human decency.

  • amy denby

    people r people they do drugs with ehatever resources they have you dont have to be on welfare to get high !!! dont hate!!!!

    • susan hendrix

      So true anyone can feel the need to try anything to change what we have been through or done but the truth is we cant change or turn back time its hard I have 4yrs 9mo clean n sober move forward do some work and forgive yourself and god will see you through

  • Lia

    I would hate to be the bearer fo bad news but LOVE to bring the reality to a situation. I have 10 years clean from a multitude of drugs. Please know that during my tenor in that hell, I got high with doctors (leaving the high spot going to work), lawyers, athletes, welfare recipients, judges, the judges daugters, you name it. Drugs and the bad choices to begin them does not discriminate. It is just unfortunate 5that she couldn’t see a different wya of life through that. Sometimes people just don’t know how to stop. Once you begin to think of the people you’ve hurt, the things you have done, etc. It is to much to emotionally bear without the right support.

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  • gtmike

    GOD BLESS HER. no mater what the the state did to her god dose not make
    mistakes. We all know the states Goverment and rich are over stepping USA with if they dont like it is is eleagle.

  • Sidewinder7

    I side with those who’d rather not judge and degrade this woman, and to remain mindful of the fact that there are always 2 sides to every story. It’s my guess that she may have had some “issues”, but only those who knew here would know of them. Therefore, it’s really not my place to sit in judgement, of someone with so little information.

    What concerns me most is, the fact that a good many people, still don’t grasp the fundamental concept of addiction or addictive behavior.Amanda’s X-boyfriend exemplified this with the remark
    (MYTH) ” Some people don’t have will power.” For many years, and to this today, addicts– drugs and/or booze–have been labeled as weak in character or having no will power. First and foremost, HE IS DEAD WRONG!
    (FACT) Addiction has NOTHING to do with a person’s “character”, and even LESS to do with ones’ “will power”.
    The next foible laden concept to follow is the question
    (MYTH) “Why don’t they just stop drinking, smoking,..etc. etc.? Well, first of all, that brand of so-called “logic” (aka – “cartoon thinking”) shows a complete lack of understanding about the concept of addiction.
    Next time anyone has the urge to ask someone that, or a similar question, please consider this first. If it were that easy, the addict would have stopped using a long time ago, and he/she would no longer have a problem, would they? However, he/she STILL has a problem, because he/she STILL continues to use, despite the fact it’s caused a lot of issues. That should tell even the most simple-minded of individuals, that
    (FACT) maybe, there’s another factor which prompts the addict to continue to use!
    AH HA! “EUREKA”! Yes, there “several” somethings”. I’ll mention the 2 biggest factors which fuel this undesirable behavior.
    #1) Regular use of any given substance/substances, physiologically alters the chemistry and function of the brain. This factor fuels “cravings”, when the addict attempts to abstain, and it’s the likely culprit when someone “falls off the wagon”, after a period of abstinence The extent of the damage depends on 1) the substance in question,
    2) length of prolonged use
    3) genetic make-up, and other factors relevant to the individual-age, family history/predisposition, etc. etc.). It doesn’t take decades of prolonged use for these changes to occur. I’m not a chemist/scientist, thus I cant render a step-by-step analysis of how a given substance affects the brain’s neurotransmitters, and rate at which the synapses take place, and so on and so forth.
    I do know, that methamphetamine, amphetamines (and to some extent, cocaine) affect the production of dopamine–which we produce naturally. However, these drugs further stimulate its production. When the user abstains, the levels of dopamine production drops drastically (hence the cause for feeling groggy, depressed, unusually sleepy). Brain scans taken of x-addicts who’ve abstained for several years,
    had far lower levels of dopamine production compared to those who never used–EVEN AFTER several YEARS of NON USE!.
    Okay, that’s the semi-scientific “short answer”, to the question “Why don’t you just quit”, for those who struggle with an addiction to stimulant drugs. (Alcohol’s damage may not be as seemingly irreversible, but it’s effect is complex—all of the info is readily available online). I explained the general idea of the changes stimulants can have on brain function, as a means to provide some basic insight about addiction and addictive behavior.

    #2 factor) genetic predisposition –The notion that some people are more “prone” to addiction, more easily than others — has become a focus of further study more recently. Obviously, family history (“genetic coding”) is a determinate, but ethnicity can factor into the ‘equation” also. – American Indians and those of Irish lineage tend to have a greater predisposition for alcohol abuse than those of Jewish descent, is one example.
    Personally, I believe that the “addictive gene” is just as real as the “fat gene”, is to those who literally exist on a diet of rabbit food, who work out 2 hrs/day 5 days/week, yet they constantly battle obesity. Meanwhile, there are those who consume 4,000 – 5,000 calories daily, who sit in front of the T.V every waking minute, who are thin as a rail.
    Bottom line: Please don’t be so judgemental about those who struggle with addiction. Just thank your lucky stars that you, or someone you love, has been fortunate enough to avoid it, and pray that it will continue. For those with a “cavalier” attitude of callousness, you might try to cultivate a little compassion and humility. You can’t be certain it won’t affect your life in some way, at some point, If/when that should happen, would you want others to take that same attitude towards you?Unless you have ice water, instead of blood in your veins, I DOUBT IT!
    For those who still struggle with it, PLEASE, I urge you– DON’T GIVE UP. I’ve struggled with it and have finally “broken free”, after many years of addiction to one thing or another. It’s NOT easy, but it IS POSSIBLE. If you fall of “the wagon”, don’t beat yourself up too badly over it. Just get back on it, and try to stay on it. I fell off the wagon about 20 times before I finally kicked my “coke” habit. I stayed on for good since 1999. Two things that helped most, was 1) I prayed to my creator to grant me the strength 2) Educate yourself. Information is a great weapon. I learned as much as I could about addiction, educate myself about addiction, what causes it, why we fail, stories about those who’d recovered.

  • dave

    You have to concede that she was an addict first.The money just compiled with the addiction.
    That is a very heavy load.
    I know,I had a friend get 6 thousand and blow it on coke.He died a week later.
    I got 4 thousand,I survived.I got clean..7 years now.
    Money changes you,and the people around you.Sad to see such a nice looking girl be a victim of “burdens”.

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