A dead body floating in a Michigan river last week was identified as 69-year-old lottery winner Leroy Fick (Image: Fox News)

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A lottery winner who collected food stamps despite winning nearly £800,000 has been found dead in a river.

The body, found last Saturday was identified as Leroy Fick, 69, of Auburn, Michigan, Midland police said.

He was found in the Tittabawsee River and Fox News said the cause of death was not disclosed.

Fick collected nearly $1 million (£800,000) after taking the lump-sum option on a $2 million the US state's Make Me Rich lottery prize.

He later appeared on TLC show Lottery Changed My Life.

But he still received food stamp benefits because large lottery winnings apparently didn’t disqualify him.

The Tridge a bridge spanning the Tittabawassee River Midland Michigan
(Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

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After winning the cash, Fick demolished his home and spent about $200,000 constructing a new home on top of that land, bought a new Chevrolet Camaro, and spent about $200,000 in annuities.

In addition to building a new home, he bought fireworks and a Camaro, MLive.com reported.

He was charged with three misdemeanor counts of possession of illegal fireworks in 2012.

"The whole thing just blew up in my face," Fick told the judge in 2012 when he spent 45 days in jail for drug charges.

"I thought people would love me if I helped them out some. I had the wrong idea, I guess," he said of how he lost his money.

"They all turned on me and that was it."

Fox reported another lottery player had similar circumstances in 2011 and the state changed the law to keep the Department of Health and Human Services informed about lottery winnings.

He was later charged with three misdemeanor counts of possession of illegal fireworks in 2012.

According to reports in The Sun, Fick told the judge in 2012: "The whole thing just blew up in my face."

He is then reported to have said: "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."

He eventually needed government assistance after winning the jackpot.

Fick, and another Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton, both led to law changes in Michigan regarding government assistance going to lottery winners.

It required the Michigan Lottery to report the information of all winners of a jackpot over $1,000 to the Department of Human Services.

The Department would then determine if the winner is eligible for assistance.

Amanda Clayton died of an apparent drug overdose in 2012.