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State recouping unpaid child support from gambling winnings

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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2005 file photo, an unidentified man plays video poker at the Carson Station in Carson City, Nev. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio says it's continuing efforts to recoup unpaid child support from gambling jackpot winners, with $10 million brought in over the past five years.

The Department of Job and Family Services says more than 6,300 jackpots have been intercepted involving winners at Ohio's casinos and racinos and the Ohio Lottery.

Kimberly Hall is director of the family services agency. She says if noncustodial parents are behind on child support, gambling winnings should be used first to cover their responsibility to their children.

The department checks jackpot and prize winners against a database of noncustodial parents who owe child support. The system is a partnership with the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission and Ohio's casinos and racinos.

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