Thursday, August 10, 2000

Wanted Powerball winner turns self in on DUI charge

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Mack Wayne Metcalf turned himself in Wednesday morning to a judge who issued a warrant against him Tuesday for failing to appear in court to face a drunken-driving charge.

        The warrant against the 42-year-old Boone County man who won a $65.4 Powerball jackpot last month was withdrawn when he turned himself in. Since the warrant was never served, Mr. Metcalf remains free.

        The reason why Mr. Metcalf was a no-show in court on Tuesday remains a mystery. Since winning the jackpot, he has announced plans to move to Australia, has been found to be $31,000 behind in child support, has been ordered to place $880,000 in escrow to support his daughter and has been cited for public drunkenness outside a Florence sports bar.

        The judge, prosecutor and de fense attorney wouldn't comment or couldn't be reached for comment.

        Mr. Metcalf was arrested and fined $95.85 for alcohol intoxication Monday night at the bar, hours after officials from the multistate lottery Powerball completed transfering his winnings to a private bank account.

        But the hearing Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence was a separate matter, filed in June. According to court records, Mr. Metcalf was found driving without a license and with a blood-alcohol level of 0.265.

        Mr. Metcalf walked into Kentucky Lottery headquarters July 26 to collect $34.1 million, the lump-sum cash option of his winnings. He is splitting his winnings 60-40 with his wife, a 46-year-old woman from Dayton, Ky. He'll get the bigger share.

        A judge has also ordered Mr. Metcalf to pay $880,000 into a fund for support of a 15-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, to whom he owed about $31,000 in child support.

        When Mr. Metcalf came forward to collect his winnings, he told lottery officials: “I'm moving to Australia. I'm going to totally get away. I'm going to buy several houses there, including one on the beach.”

        Before he can leave the country, there are still a couple of items he must take care of.

        He is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. next Tuesday in Boone County District Court for a preliminary hearing involving a drunken driving charge. A half-hour later, there is a hearing in Kenton County civil court to settle the child support claim.

        Mr. Metcalf couldn't be reached for comment. Neighbors say Mr. Metcalf never returned to his apartment after he won the big jackpot. Court records list Mr. Metcalf's home address as an apartment complex of several older buildings divided and converted to rooms for rent on U.S. 25, just outside the Florence city line.


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