Megabucks Winner Arrested for Non-Support, Pays Up
EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) _ A man who won more than $900,000 last year in a lottery was arrested on charges of failing to pay child support, but was released after paying the $625 he owed, authorities said.
Charles R. Nelson Jr., 35, of Eastham, was arrested Tuesday after an investigation by the Middlesex County child support enforcement unit.
He appeared in Woburn District Court Wednesday to answer a default warrant charging that he failed to make more than six weeks of support payments to his former wife and 6-year-old child.
Judge Louis Gonnella agreed to drop the default warrant after Nelson paid the amount he owed, said Paul Richardson, a spokesman for District Attorney Scott Harshbarger.
The judge agreed to consider prosecutors’ request that Nelson’s winnings - $904,860 in the Massachusetts Megabucks drawing in April 1984 - be garnished, he said.
Nelson first defaulted on his payments six months ago and had a history of paying late, said the spokesman.