For Immediate Release: February 27, 2007
Senator Kathleen Wilcoxson
Senate Approves Measure to Check Lottery Winners for Tax and
Child Support Liabilities
Ensuring that winners of the Oklahoma lottery
must first pay any delinquent taxes or child support liabilities
was the focus of Senate Bill 513, which was approved Tuesday
by the state Senate. Sen. Kathleen
Wilcoxson is the primary author of the bill.
Wilcoxson explained the need for the legislation
arose last year when an anonymous trust claimed the prize for
the Oklahoma Powerball lottery.
“Because a trust claimed the prize, the
Lottery Commission was unable to check whether the winners owed
child support,” said Wilcoxson, R-Oklahoma City. “This
bill requires individual members of trusts that collect prizes
to submit identification information to the Lottery Commission
to determine if a person owes any child support liabilities.”
Under current law, individuals who claim prizes
from the Oklahoma Education Lottery are required to submit personal
information. However, the law does not extend that requirement
to members of trusts.
Wilcoxson noted the measure also establishes
procedures for the Lottery Commission to work together with
the Oklahoma Tax Commission to determine if any winners owe
“I understand that if you win a million
dollars in the lottery, you may want to protect your identity,
but the problem is that some may owe back taxes or child support,”
said Wilcoxson. “This measure addresses that issue by
allowing the Lottery Commission to work together with the Tax
Commission and the Department of Human Services to determine
whether any taxes or child support are owed. Then, any taxes
of child support would be withheld from the winnings.”
Under Wilcoxson’s measure, individual members
of trusts would be required to submit information to the Lottery
Commission, but their identities would remain confidential.
The measure now advances to the House for consideration.
For more information contact:
Senator Wilcoxson's Office - (405) 521-5618