Michelle Southern reporting.
The Department of Children and Family Services says they've collected more than $2 million dollars in casino winnings from parents who owe back child support. Deputy Assistant Secretary Lisa Andry says this is a huge milestone for the Casino Intercept Program which launched in September 2011.
"We certainly don't want non-custodial parents who owe money to be gambling," said Andry. "So this really is a great thing."
Andry says each collection made, whether large or small, is proof that this program is an essential tool for collecting what is owed to Louisiana's children.
"Some of these parents, mostly single moms, are getting the only collection they've ever seen," said Andry.
Andry says a total of 2 million fifty two thousand dollars was taken from 1,526 non-custodial parents who owed back child support. She says when someone wins over 1200, the casino has to cross check the winner with people who owe money in the DCFS database.
"And they put in the information and get a real time response of exactly what that person owes at that time," said Andry.