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State collects $460,000 in child support from Valley gaming winners

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The state has collected more than $460,000 in unpaid child support from Valley residents who were jackpot winners at Ohio’s casinos and racinos and Ohio Lottery prize winners since 2014.

The third highest single payment was $28,571 collected in Columbiana County two years ago, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Over the past five years $206,644 was intercepted in Trumbull County, $203,570 was collected in Mahoning County, and $52,635 was collected in Columbiana County.

State law grants child support agencies the right to intercept jackpot and prize winnings from noncustodial parents who owe past due support.

In partnership with the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and Ohio’s casinos and racinos, ODJFS established an automated interface for the effort. It checks jackpot and prize winners against a database of noncustodial parents who owe child support.

If a winner owes child support, the casino/racino or Lottery Commission withholds all or part of the winnings.

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