Last month, auditors found that lottery officials paid nearly $1 million to people who owed debts to the state.
Before prize payments of more than $600 are processed, the Division of State Lottery is required to determine if winners have defaulted on child support or student loans. Instead, the state has been just giving out winnings willy-nilly.
On one hand, it seems like a good idea for the state to stay on top of deadbeats.
On the other, I'm wondering if it should be sticking its greedy nose in people's personal business since now legislators want to pass a law that would allow the state to take money from winnings for overdue bills, property and income taxes and fines.
Now, that's priceless!