OKLAHOMA CITY (Mar. 10, 2015) - The Oklahoma Lottery has collected more than $500,000 for Oklahomans and state agencies. Lottery staff investigates any winning claim of more than $600 and withholds unpaid child support, state taxes and unemployment debt before issuing a check.
Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director, Rollo Redburn, says that "Winning is exciting, but responsibility shouldn’t be overlooked in the midst of that excitement. While raising additional funds for education is our primary charge, we are happy to provide this added service to the state."
Recovered funds are wired directly to the appropriate state agency which then credits the funds to the proper accounts. To date, the Lottery has recovered the following amounts, broken down by agency:
• $318,287.45 to Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Support Division.
• $181,287.73 to Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC).
• $7,283.10 to Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC).
Redburn goes on to say that, "We’re pleased that the legislature has entrusted the Oklahoma Lottery with this important task."
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $652 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.