State Collects $2 Million in Child Support Payments from Gamblers

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The state says it’s reached a milestone, confiscating over $2 million in gambling winnings to cover child support payments in arrears.

The Department of Children and Family Services said Tuesday that as of June, its child support casino intercept program had collected $2.05 million from 1,526 non-custodial parents.

 The program collects child support arrears from gamblers when casino winnings total more than $1,200 at 19 state-licensed casinos. It was first instituted back in September of 2011.

Department spokeswoman Lindsey deBlieux says all of the money collected goes to the children.

To date, Boomtown in Harvey has intercepting the most at $191,006. The single largest collection came from that casino in June totaling $23,465. Amounts collected at other casinos include: $126,340 from L’Auberge Baton Rouge and $124,888 from L’Auberge Lake Charles.

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