COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has hit the jackpot when it comes to intercepting gambling winnings from people who haven't paid their child support.
The state agency says it has intercepted $10 million in unpaid child support from winners at Ohio casinos and racinos and the Ohio Lottery since 2014. The amount covers more than 6,300 jackpots.
“This is a good example of government and industry working together toward a common goal,” Job and Family Services Director Kimberly Hall said in a prepared statement. “If noncustodial parents are behind on their child support, their winnings from gambling should fulfill their responsibility to their children first. It is paramount we deliver these funds to the children who deserve it.”
State law allows child support agencies to intercept jackpot and prize winnings from noncustodial parents who owe past due support. In partnership with the Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Casino Control Commission and Ohio’s casinos and racinos, Job and Family Services created a program that checks jackpot and prize winners against a database of deadbeat parents. If a winner owes child support, the casino/racino or Lottery Commission withholds all or part of the winnings.