Colorado

Oct 17, 2009 12:22 PM by Associated Press

Law taps deadbeat parents' gambling winnings

A Colorado law has netted more than $600,000 from the gambling winnings of deadbeat parents. Supporters are praising the results after the first year of the law, which casinos say has been a headache to enforce.

People who win more than $1,200 at a machine or a table in Colorado's three gambling towns - Black Hawk, Cripple Creek or Central City - is run through a computer database to see if they owes back child-support payments.

State officials collected $320 million in child support last year out of $1 billion owed. State Department of Human Services spokeswoman Liz McDonough says with just $606,060 collected since July 2008, the money from gambling winnings is "a drop in the bucket."

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