A new enforcement effort at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is helping recover thousands of dollars in overdue child support. The Gaming Intercept program has been underway for just a few months, and has already netted nearly $120,000 in owed child support.
HFS Director Julie Hamos says those who win big jackpots and haven't been paying their child support will have to turn over some of their winnings.
Hamos says so far they have intercepted winnings from 42 people and the 56 jackpots they have won. The state would like to eventually expand the program to horse racing tracks as well.