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Ohio recouping child support losses via gambling winnings

(Ohio) – State officials are announcing continued efforts to recoup unpaid child support from gambling jackpot winners.

$10 million has been brought in through this approach over the past five years. The Department of Job and Family Services says more than 6,300 jackpots have been intercepted involving winners at Ohio’s casinos and racinos as well as the Ohio Lottery.

Officials explain that if noncustodial parents are behind on child support, gambling winnings should be used first to cover their responsibility to their children.

The department works to check jackpot and prize winners against a database of noncustodial parents who owe child support. This is an ongoing partnership with the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and Ohio’s casinos and racinos.

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