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Can the court take my lottery winnings if I owe a court debt?

Yes. Anyone with lottery, casino, or racetrack winnings of at least $1,200 is checked before payout to determine if the person has outstanding debt owed to the State of Iowa, including court debt. If debt is owed, the Department of Revenue recovers the money through the Income Tax and Vender Offset Program, and you will receive a notice from the Department of Revenue. If you receive a tax offset notice, the amount withheld was paid to the judicial branch and you should not pay that amount towards your debt.

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