Lotto winner known for food aid flap back in court - WNEM TV 5

Lotto winner known for food aid flap back in court

Leroy Fick Leroy Fick

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - A Mid-Michigan man who drew attention for continuing to accept food aid from the state even though he won big in a state lottery game has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Leroy Fick won the $2 million jackpot in the "Make Me Rich!" contest in 2010. Despite receiving about $850,000 in winnings, the Auburn resident attracted attention in May for using his Michigan Bridge Card, an electronic version of food stamps.

>> Click the video player above to watch the unedited interview with Fick as TV5 initially broke the story that the lotto winner was still using a Bridge Card.  

At the time, the state said the lump sum payment wasn't counted as income.

Fick pleaded guilty Thursday in a Mount Pleasant courtroom to possession of the painkiller hydromorphone and driving with a suspended license.

The 59-year-old's sentencing is Jan. 12.

Court records show Fick had traffic stops in September and October.

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