The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has found that over $10 million have been unpaid by the winners at Ohio’s casinos and racinos for child support. Jackpot winners and lottery winners since 2014 have not paid towards the service, and the ODJFS has intercepted 6,300 such jackpots.
In her statement to the press, ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall, said: “This is a good example of government and industry working together toward a common goal. 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.”
According to the current laws regulating gambling operations in the state, ODJFS and other support agencies can intercept jackpot and lottery wins from non-custodial parents who also have not paid their past child support.
ODJFS officials said that they had formed an automated interface together with Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and Ohio’s casinos and racinos to intercept such wins.
The new interface finds out the jackpot and prize winners who are non-custodial parents and have failed to pay their child support.
The law also allows the operators to withhold the funds of such winners who haven’t cleared their child support dues.
The child support agencies in Ohio collect the 69.6 percent of the child support owed which is 1.8 percent higher than the national average of 65.8 percent. Also, it is amongst the top ten states to collect child support dues.