The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) collected more than $3.7 million in Department of Revenue (DOR) intercepts during 2021, according to Bruce Band, the Deputy Director of the MGC’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau. Those intercepts came via 2021 winnings at Massachusetts casinos from people owing back taxes or back child support.
Whenever someone wins a jackpot over $1,200 in slots or a table jackpot of $5,000 or that pays out at 300-to-1 odds, that person’s name and social security number has to be run through the DOR to see if they owe any back taxes or back child support. If the patron does, the money owed is withheld from the winnings and transferred to the DOR.
The total intercepted by the DOR in 2021 at Massachusetts casinos was $3.7 million. The following is the breakdown of jackpot winnings intercepted at individual Massachusetts properties:
- Encore Boston Harbor – $2.1 million
- Plainridge Park Casino – $921,594.87
- MGM Springfield – $633,937.32
“This was a record year for the assistance and collection on this,” Band said of the DOR intercepts. “This is a credit to both the casinos and our staff for making sure that these funds were intercepted.”