Casino winnings intercepted for back child support

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Baton Rouge, La.- Some deadbeat parents found themselves on the losing end of their casino winnings, redirected by the state of Louisiana to provide for their children.

According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the agency has intercepted more than $806,000 in casino winnings from 599 parents who were behind on their child support payments.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says, "the casino intercept initiative has been a very successful tool for us in collecting overdue child support."

The pilot program started at Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge in September 2011.

The legislation allows the state to collect child support from winnings of more than $1200 at Louisiana casinos.

Here are the collections from the 18 participating state casinos:

Amelia Belle $46,775.91

Belle of Baton Rouge $46,397.61

Boomtown Bell $73,401.40

Boomtown Bossier $30,863.54

Delta Downs $24,540.21

Diamond Jacks $41,691.35

Eldorado $42,554.58

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino $85,403.55

Fair Grounds Race Course $19,119.37

Harrah's New Orleans $53,422.03

Hollywood $106,771.93

Horseshoe $21,329.04

Isle of Capri Lake Charles $37,761.22

L'Auberge Baton Rouge $20,454.57

L'Auberge du Lac $41,294.08

Louisiana Downs $12,218.87

Sam's Town $48,636.77

Treasure Chest $53,446.43

Source: La. Department of Children & Family Services