Legislation that would require the state Department of Revenue to perform a background check on lottery winners unanimously passed the state House of Representatives Wednesday.
House Bill 1489 would require background checks on lottery prizes greater than $2,500 to determine whether the winner owes back taxes.
If the taxpayer is found to owe state taxes and all appeals have expired, the amount of tax due would be deducted from their winnings.
If the prize winner receives public assistance benefits, the Department of Public Welfare would determine if they are eligible for future benefits.
Under current state law, lottery winnings are garnished only when back child support is owed.