Lottery Winner Wants Money Back
Aug. 12, 2000
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ A man who has faced an array of legal problems since winning $34.1 million in the Powerball lottery now is trying to get back $500,000 he gave away while he was drunk.
Mack Metcalf, 42, filed suit Friday against Deborah Hodge, accusing her of threatening him and harassing him for money when he was ``incompetent to make a valid gift.''
Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Douglas Stephens signed a temporary order freezing Hodge's assets.
Hodge could not be reached for comment Saturday. No telephone number is listed for her in Covington, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.
Metcalf has spent plenty of time in court since collecting his jackpot on July 26.
He was found to be $31,000 behind in child support payments and was ordered to place $880,000 in escrow to support his daughter, he was cited for public drunkenness, and he missed a court date for a previous drunken driving charge.
Metcalf is splitting the winnings 60-40 with his wife, who lives in Dayton, Ky. Powerball tickets are sold in 20 states and the District of Columbia.