Many gamblers fail to support their minor children, In the State of Ohio has declared that if you hit the jackpot and its found that you have not paid child support then the jackpot will not be handed over to you.
The Department of Job and Family Services in Ohio have been working with casino and racino’s to withhold money won on jackpots who have not paid their child support. As a result of this initiative $2 million in unpaid child support has already been collected all across the state.
This initiative began during April 2014, in which Governor John Kasich’s in the state budget, introduced House Bill 483, and then went on two month later to be signed into law by Mr Kasich (R). Prior to the bill being passed there were several controversial GOP amendments in this budget bill, this included measures that dealt with political contributions, the potential unionization of the collage sport teams and absentee-ballot applications. Among the amendments was the child support provision.
The state of Ohop has provided a data-base of people who owe child support to the many casinos a nd racinos, so when someone wins a jackpot the casino/racino will consult the database to check if the jackpot winner is non the list. On checking if found that they are in arrears with their child support then the amount in arrears will be withheld, if is as much as the whole jackpot then the full amount will be kept.
How do the casino/racino’s measure a jackpot. According the the budget tabled, it is any prize that is large enough that it has to be reported to the IRS. Here are some examples:
On the track - $600 or more
On slots Machines - $1,200 or more
On Poker Tournaments - $5,000 or more.
At the time this budget was passed there were five casino and four racinos active n Ohio, and authorities expected to collect more than $1 million annually, they have already doubled this figure.
Ohio is one of the most active states with regard to child suppor, family services say they have collected 69% of child support that was owed, this is well above 64% national average. This past year 68% ws collected which worked out to be $1.3 billion. And the current goal this year is to reach 70%.
Once they had the budget passed, getting the program for intercept up and running proved to be very easy. Already casinos were using databases to allow access for them to withhold taxes and also be able to scan for red flags, which meant that the state already had the infrastructure to withhold funds from winnings. The State can also withhold money for back taxes not paid and student loans.
If you reside in Ohio and have any questions regarding child support you can visit childsupport.ohio.gov, or consult the jfs.ohio.gov/county, to look for the local child support agency.