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DCFS seizes $2M in gambling winnings from dead beat parents

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reported more than $2 million in state gambling winnings have gone directly to the children of parents behind on child support.

According to DCFS, $2,052,985.80 in winnings was intercepted as of June 2014. Officials said they garnered it from 1,526 parents.

"It is a tremendous accomplishment to collect more than $2 million through casino intercepts in this amount of time," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Each collection made, large or small, proves that this program is an essential tool for collecting what is owed to Louisiana's children."

Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge was No. 2 on the list in intercepts with $177,494.33. Boomtown Belle in New Orleans was first with $191,006.

L'Auberge du Baton Rouge collected $126,340.59 and Belle of Baton Rouge took in $111,787.57.

The program launched in September 2011.

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