Winnings from a Georgia Lottery ticket are under dispute as two people and state child support officials have laid claim to the $25,000 prize.
Through the state Attorney General’s Office, Georgia Lottery Corp. officials have asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge to make a decision.
In October 2013, Angel R. Tamayo Jr. presented a winning “Loteria” ticket to lottery officials only to be informed that he owed more than $17,250 – the after-tax amount of the cash prize – in child support back pay to the state Department of Human Services, according to legal documents.
As a result, Tamayo wouldn’t get any of the money, according to court records and state law.
But Tracey Dawn Gibson claims she is the rightful winner of the “Loteria” ticket, and is entitled to the $25,000 prize, according to court documents. Records do not spell out how Gibson and Tamayo are related.
Lottery officials, as a result, filed a “complaint for interpleader,” requesting that the court hold the money and “resolve all issues necessary and proper to determine the rights of the defendants,” according to the court filing.