Bovard cites cases in Wisconsin, Washington, Iowa, Michigan, and New York, indicating that this is not merely a problem limited to one locale or region. The main reason for the latest corruption, besides the mere existence of the welfare state itself, is that "thirty-five states have abolished asset tests for most food-stamp recipients." Therefore very wealthy people are able to qualify for food stamps as long as they are able to legally report very low incomes. Bovard reports:
The food-stamp poster boy of 2011 is 59-year-old Leroy Fick. After Mr. Fick won a $2 million lottery jackpot, the Michigan Department of Human Services ruled he could continue receiving food stamps. The Detroit News explained: "If Fick had chosen to accept monthly payments of his jackpot, the winnings would be considered income, according to the DHS. But by choosing to accept a lump sum payment, the winnings were considered 'assets' and aren't counted in determining food stamp eligibility."