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MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN OLD DEBTS PAID BY LOTTERY WINNERS

 MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN OLD DEBTS PAID BY LOTTERY WINNERS
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Lottery winners have paid more than $1 million in past due child support and other delinquent fees through a program that uses computers to scan state debt files before paying larger cash prizes.
 The total of state-owed debts collected by the Lottery surpassed the $1 million mark last week. The program has been collecting the debts from Lottery winners since the Lottery paid its first large cash prize in January of 1988.
 When the Legislature set up the Lottery Act, it specifically listed court-ordered child support payments for the program and also authorized other agencies to supply the Lottery with computer files on individuals who owe money to the state.
 As prizes are claimed, the Lottery's computers search those files for the debts. If a winner's name shows up on one of the lists, the prize payment is forwarded to the Office of the State Comptroller. That office pays the debt and the rest of the prize money, when there is any left, goes to the prize.
 Some winners hurry to pay off debts before they claim their prize winnings and avoid the delays of the process. Although some winners are unhappy when they find their prize reduced, others have expressed relief that the prize allowed them to catch up after falling behind and to fulfill financial responsibilities.
 Winners who try to circumvent the process could find themselves in trouble with the law. The Lottery Act makes it a crime in Florida to transfer a winning ticket to another person for the purpose of claiming the prize.
 The largest portion of the money collected has gone for past due child support payments. So far that total has surpassed $826,000.
 "The Office of Child Support Enforcement is very pleased with the Lottery's intercept program," Melanie Mowry, spokesperson for HRS and the Child Support Enforcement Office. "There has been cooperation and coordination between the two agencies since the Lottery began. This has resulted in hundreds of thousands of tax dollars being saved for the citizens of Florida."
 Although past due child support is by far the largest category benefiting from the prize deduction process, delinquent student loans, university system debts and food stamp overpayments have also been settled with Lottery prize dollars.
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 /CONTACT: Ed George of the Florida Lottery, 904-487-7727/ CO: Florida Lottery ST: Florida IN: SU:


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