Michigan man, 69, who continued to receive food stamps after winning $2 million jackpot found dead


Man, 69, who continued to receive food stamps after $2 million lottery win is found dead in Michigan river

  • Police recovered the body of 69-year-old Leroy Fick from the Tittabawassee River on June 5
  • Fick previously won $2 million in Michigan’s ‘Make Me Rich!’ game show in June 2010, collecting the lump, post-tax sum of $998,570
  • Fick was featured on the TLC reality show ‘Lottery Changed My Life’ alongside his son Jeff
  • Fick later admitted he was still receiving government assistance through his Bridge Card after winning the lottery 
  • Only two years after his big win he lost all of his winnings and was sentenced to jail for a drug charge and firearm conviction
  • The Midland Police Department has not publicly disclosed Fick’s cause of death, but said the circumstances surrounding his death do not appear to be suspicious

A Michigan man who made headlines after he continued to collect food stamps despite winning the lottery has been found dead in a river.

Police recovered the body of 69-year-old Leroy Fick from the Tittabawassee River on June 5. 

While the Midland Police Department has not publicly disclosed Fick’s cause of death, they said the circumstances surrounding the 69-year-old’s death do not appear to be suspicious, Mlive.com reported. 

Fick previously won $2 million in Michigan’s ‘Make Me Rich!’ game show in June 2010, collecting the lump, post-tax sum of $998,570.

Leroy Fick (pictured) previously won $2 million in Michigan's 'Make Me Rich!' game show in June 2010, collecting the lump, post-tax sum of $998,570

Leroy Fick (pictured) previously won $2 million in Michigan’s ‘Make Me Rich!’ game show in June 2010, collecting the lump, post-tax sum of $998,570

Police recovered the body of 69-year-old Leroy Fick from the Tittabawassee River (pictured) on June 5 after it was spotted floating in the Michigan river

Police recovered the body of 69-year-old Leroy Fick from the Tittabawassee River (pictured) on June 5 after it was spotted floating in the Michigan river

Police recovered the body of 69-year-old Leroy Fick from the Tittabawassee River (pictured) on June 5 after it was spotted floating in the Michigan river

He was featured on the TLC reality show ‘Lottery Changed My Life’ alongside his son Jeff. 

Using his winnings, Fick and his son tore down his old home and built a new one and he splurged on a new car, a slot machine, swords and fireworks.

Fick later admitted he was still receiving government assistance through his Bridge Card after winning the lottery.

Only two years after his big win he went broke and was sentenced to jail for a drug charge and fire arm conviction.     

Fick (pictured) and his son tore down his old home and built a new one and the 69-year-old spend his winnings on a new car, a slot machine, swords and fireworks

Fick (pictured) and his son tore down his old home and built a new one and the 69-year-old spend his winnings on a new car, a slot machine, swords and fireworks

Fick (pictured) and his son tore down his old home and built a new one and the 69-year-old spend his winnings on a new car, a slot machine, swords and fireworks

The Midland Police Department has not publicly disclosed Fick's cause of death, but said the circumstances surrounding the discovery of his body in the Tittabawassee River (pictured) do not appear to be suspicious

The Midland Police Department has not publicly disclosed Fick's cause of death, but said the circumstances surrounding the discovery of his body in the Tittabawassee River (pictured) do not appear to be suspicious

The Midland Police Department has not publicly disclosed Fick’s cause of death, but said the circumstances surrounding the discovery of his body in the Tittabawassee River (pictured) do not appear to be suspicious

Fick confessed at the time that he was living on a fixed income of about $1,100 a month, Mlive.com reported. 

‘The whole thing just blew up in my face,’ Fick told the judge. ‘I thought people would love me if I helped them out some. I had the wrong idea, I guess. They all turned on me and that was it.’ 

Fick and Amanda Clayton, another ‘Make Me Rich!’ lottery winner who was discovered to have continued using her Bridge Card after her $1 million win in 2011, inspired a new law that required the Michigan Lottery to provide the Department of Human Services the name of anyone who wins $1,000 or more to determine their eligibility for food stamps. 

Fick’s abuse of the government assistance program caused 15,000 families with assets of more that $5,000 in Michigan to lose food stamps, Bridge Michigan reported. 

Clayton was found dead in 2012 of an apparent overdose, Fox News reported.   

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