$2 million collected from gamblers for child support program

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Posted: Aug 26, 2014 4:36 PM by Caroline McDougall
Updated: Aug 26, 2014 4:39 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: casino, gambling, collect, program, child support, law, Lindsey deBlieux, Department of Children and Family Services, Boomtown, L'Auberge

BATON ROUGE - The state confiscated over $2 million in gambling winnings Tuesday as part of a state law that allows the government to collect casino winnings from parents behind on child support.

It is the most money collected yet since the program's $1 million milestone in August 2013.

The law is part of a state casino intercept program, started in September 2011 by the Department of Children and Family Services, that is set up to collect child support arrears from gamblers when winnings are more than $1,200 at state-licensed casinos.

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

The department announced, as of June, the intercept program collected $2.05 million from 1,526 parents that do not have legal custody of a child.

Out of the 19 state-licensed casinos, Boomtown Casino in Harvey intercepted the largest amount of money pooling to a total of $191,006 and $23,465 in June alone. Other collections come from L'Auberge, Baton Rouge with $126,340 and L'Auberge, Lake Charles with $124,888.

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