Saturday, August 12, 2000

Lottery winner wants $500K back

He gave it to woman while drunk, suit says

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The Boone County man who won a $65.4 million Powerball drawing gave a half-million dollars to a woman while he was drunk, and now he wants it back.

        A team of lawyers representing Mack Wayne Metcalf, 42, filed a civil suit in Kenton County Circuit Court Friday afternoon seeking a $500,000 judgment against Deborah Hodge of Kenton County.

        A temporary restraining order, freezing all of Ms. Hodge's assets, was also signed Friday afternoon by Kenton Circuit Court Judge Douglas Stephens.

        The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Metcalf, “while in an intoxicated state agreed to surrender the sum of $500,000” to Ms. Hodge. The suit accuses her of harassing and threatening him to obtain the cash when he was “incompetent to make a valid gift.”

        Mr. Metcalf's attorneys wouldn't comment on whether any of the money has been spent by Ms. Hodge.

        Deborah Hodge couldn't be reached for comment.

        The lawsuit says that Ms. Hodge “perpetrated acts of fraud” against Mr. Metcalf. The complaint didn't get into specifics.

        Attorneys for Mr. Metcalf declined to describe the type of harassment or threats.

        Attorneys representing Mr. Metcalf wouldn't say how Mr. Metcalf and Ms. Hodge knew each other.

        This is just the latest legal development for Mr. Metcalf. Since winning the jackpot, he has announced plans to move to Australia, has been found to be $31,000 behind in child support, has been ordered to place $880,000 in escrow to support his daughter, has been cited for public drunkenness outside a Florence sports bar and had failed to appear in court on a previous drunken driving charge.

        Officials with the multi-state Powerball lottery confirmed they completed transfering Mr. Metcalf's winnings to a private bank account on Monday.

        Mr. Metcalf walked into Kentucky Lottery headquarters July 26 to collect $34.1 million, the lump-sum cash option of his winnings. He is splitting his winnings 60-40 with his wife, who lives in Dayton, Ky.


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