The state intercepted nearly $2,000 in casino winnings this week from a Baton Rouge man who owes more than $9,000 in child support.
Trey Williams, spokesman for the state Department of Children and Family Services, declined to identify the man Friday, saying his name is confidential.
The state intercepted the money two days after launching a pilot program at Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge to take winnings from people who failed to pay their court-ordered child support.
Winnings will be intercepted at casinos across the state beginning next month.
The diversions stem from a 2010 state law that allows those behind on their child support payments to be stripped of their casino winnings.
Winnings of $1,200 or more can be intercepted. The threshold for federal tax reporting requirements is $1,200. Casinos lock slot machines when a jackpot of that amount is won and ask the winner to fill out paperwork.
In a news release, the state Department of Children and Family Services said the man who lost $1,995.40 in winnings Thursday makes regular child support payments but was behind on nearly $9,000 owed to two children.
The man won the money playing slots.
“With a backlog of nearly $1.2 billion owed by non-custodial parents statewide, DCFS must use every avenue to collect child support from these parents who have evaded our other efforts to collect,” DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson said in a prepared payment.
Mississippi, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, West Virginia and Colorado also intercept casino winnings from gamblers who are behind on their child support.
Louisiana is beefing up efforts to collect more than $1 billion in child support.
Nearly $1 million is owed by 18 non-custodial parents, including a Denham Springs custodian, a Baton Rouge construction worker, a Baton Rouge carpenter and a Denham Springs construction worker.
The agency created an online database at www.dcfs.la.gov/delinquent of the 53,000 delinquent payers.
The state also is diverting disaster payments from the BP oil leak.
More than $6.4 million in disaster relief payments have been diverted.
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killed 11 men and resulted in a three-month discharge of 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last year. BP is paying billions of dollars to shrimpers and others impacted by the disaster.