Many Texas residents undoubtedly were disappointed to learn there was only one person holding the winning numbers for a huge Powerball jackpot in late March. That man won a staggering $338 million, which he has opted to take as a $211 million lump-sum payment, the third largest lump sum payment in Powerball history. However, the man won't see all of it. Uncle Sam will get a cut, of course, and the $152 million that remains after taxes will be subject to deduction for the man's unpaid child support obligations.It turns out that the lucky winner, who owned and operated a deli and grocery up until his big win, has amassed almost $30,000 in back child support payments since 2009. His win has not gone unnoticed by child support authorities. Officials say the unpaid amounts will be withheld from the winnings and used to satisfy a judgment against the man for delinquent support. In the meantime, he remains subject to potential arrest.
The Texas Attorney General's Office has developed a program to target parents who are behind on their child support payments. Through the Child Support Evader initiative, the state plans to publicly identify delinquent parents by name and to display their photographs and profiles on posters, in the news media and in other public and private locations. The state hopes the program will lead to tips on where to find parents who are avoiding their financial obligations to their children. These drastic measures will not be taken on all parents who are behind on their payments. For someone to be listed as a child support evader, several conditions must apply. The parent must be more than $5,000 behind in court-ordered payments and have not made regular payments for at least six months. There must be an arrest warrant issued and the parent must be avoiding apprehension. In addition, the parent must not be in bankruptcy or receiving welfare, and the other parent must sign a waiver of confidentiality allowing certain information about the case to be made public.
Last month, entertainer Randy Travis pleaded not guilty to assault after an August altercation in a Dallas-area church parking lot with his fiancé's estranged spouse and brother. Now, Travis has filed a lawsuit against the men, claiming the two schemed with others to physically injure him, his fiancé and her 17-year-old daughter in order to gain leverage in a pending divorce case as well as to harass and humiliate Travis. Attorneys for Travis filed the nine-page complaint last week seeking damages for bodily injury and civil conspiracy. The brawl occurred after Travis, his fiancé and her daughter drove to the church to pick up the fiancé's 15-year-old son following his return from summer camp. The lawsuit alleges the fiancé's spouse and brother were there waiting and proceeded to accost the fiancé and her daughter. The suit further alleges that after Travis went to the women's aid, her brother pinned him to the ground while the spouse called a police officer he had pre-arranged to be available. When the officer arrived, Travis was arrested and issued a citation for assault.