Sunday, August 06, 2000

Winner docked to help child

By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The recent $65.4 million Powerball jackpot winner was ordered by a Kenton County judge to pay $880,000 in future child support before it is determined how much in back and present child support he should pay.

        Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe issued the order Friday to Mack Metcalf of Florence. It came during a hearing seeking to have the Kentucky Lottery Commission set aside money for the child support payments.

        Mr. Metcalf, 42, owes about $31,000 in child support to a 15-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. He is supposed to pay $50 a week.

        “Since 1986 he only paid $50 in child support,” said Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson. “Certainly she was entitled to it and now with $13 million in assets, tax-free, his style of living and therefore the child's style of living should benefit.”

        His ex-wife, Marilyn Collins, is now asking for more money because Mr. Metcalf is worth more.

        Mr. Metcalf, a former forklift operator, and his current wife, Virginia Metcalf Merida, showed up at the Kentucky Lottery office with the winning ticket on July 26 and chose the $34.1 million cash option. He plans to split the money 60-40 with his 46-year-old wife, of Dayton, Ky.

        State lottery officials were ready to clear Mr. Metcalf to receive his winnings when a case worker with the Kenton County Attorney's Office told them he was behind on child support. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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