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Lottery Intercept

DCSS has the authority, together with the Delaware Division of Revenue, to seize lottery winnings to which the non-custodial parent (NCP) may be entitled. NCP's subject to lottery interception are those who owe $150.00 or more in past due child support.

DCSS will send notices to NCP's who meet the criteria for lottery interception, informing them that they are not in compliance with their court orders and are subject to lottery interception. Anyone receiving a notice will have the opportunity to take action to avoid having their lottery winnings intercepted.

Within 30 days of receiving a notice of lottery interception, an NCP may pay their arrears in full, or request in writing, an administrative hearing. Those NCPs who do not pay their delinquent child support, or request an administrative hearing, will be subject to lottery interception.

If the same NCP owes delinquent support to two or more child support cases, any money collected will be proportionately distributed among all cases according to federal regulations.

There is no guarantee that the NCP will be due lottery winnings; thus, there is no guarantee that any money will be collected by DCSS, nor is there any way to predict when the money would be available for distribution to the CP. There is a $25 fee deducted from all lottery intercept collections over $100.