Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2007
Senator Randy Brogdon
Senate Approves Bill to Check Lottery Winners for Tax and Child
The full Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill to ensure
that winners of the Oklahoma lottery must first pay delinquent taxes
or child support liabilities.
Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson, author of Senate Bill 513, explained the
measure would allow the Lottery Commission to work together with
the Tax Commission and the Department of Human Services to determine
whether a winner owes child support or any taxes.
The bill will now advance to the House for final consideration.
“It’s understandable that lottery winners may want
to protect their identity, but that shouldn’t preclude them
from paying their taxes or child support,” said Wilcoxson,
R-Oklahoma City. “This bill will ensure that unpaid child
support will be withheld from winnings and go to the families who
need it most.”
The measure would also require individual members of trusts who
collect prizes to submit personal identification information. Wilcoxson
explained that a need for the legislation arose when an anonymous
trust claimed a prize for the Oklahoma Powerball Lottery last year.
“Previously, individual members of trusts were not required
to submit personal information,” said Wilcoxson. “Under
this bill, members of trusts would be required to submit their information,
but their identities would remain confidential.”
For more information, contact:
Senator Wilcoxson's Office: (405) 521-5618