Saturday, July 29, 2000

Lottery winner's windfall reduced

Child support will be withheld

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Kentucky Lottery has collected nearly $280,000 in back taxes and child support from lottery winners over the past two years.

Mack Wayne Metcalf
        And the lottery will withhold some of the winnings of Mack Wayne Metcalf, the 42-year-old Florence man who owes an estimated $31,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, according to Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson. Mr. Metcalf is also facing drunken driving charges in Boone County, according to court records.

        After it was revealed that Mr. Metcalf had almost picked up a cash option lottery check for just over $34 million without being held accountable for his debt, the lottery issued a news release but refused to discuss the case.

        The lottery has a standard practice of checking for unpaid taxes or child support, the release said. In the last two years, the lottery has collected $197,000 in back taxes and $81,000 in back child support from lottery winners. On Friday, Mr. Metcalf's ex-wife and the mother of their 15-year-old daughter came to Covington to discuss the claim on Mr. Metcalf's winnings and a petition to increase his future support amount.

        The woman declined to comment on the case Friday morning at the Kenton County Attorney's office. Lottery officials said in a news release they were not aware Mr. Metcalf had any outstanding debts until they were contacted by the Cabinet for Families & Children on Thursday.

        Officials at lottery headquarters in Louisville declined to talk about the case Friday.

        In the news release, officials said all Kentucky Lottery winners of $601 or more are checked on computer records provided to the lottery by the State's Revenue Cabinet and the Cabinet for Families & Children. Lottery officials would not say why these checks initially failed to show Mr. Metcalf's outstanding debt.

        Mr. Edmondson said Mr. Metcalf had provided different Social Security numbers to Kenton County Court officials.

        He bought the only winning ticket for last weekend's $65.4 million Powerball drawing and came forward to claim the winnings in Louisville on Wednesday.


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