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Powerball Winner Turns Himself In

August 9, 2000

BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ A man who won a $65.4 million Powerball lottery jackpot turned himself in to authorities Wednesday, avoiding an arrest for failing to appear in court.

Mack Metcalf, 42, a forklift operator from Florence, did not show up in court Tuesday to face charges of drunken driving, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident. Police said Metcalf hit a parked car several times in a mall parking lot on June 19.

After he surrendered Wednesday, a judge withdrew a warrant for Metcalf’s arrest, allowing him to remain free, sheriff’s department spokesman Darren Harris said.

Metcalf won the July 22 Powerball drawing. He chose the $34.1 million lump-sum cash option.

State lottery officials were about to clear him to receive his winnings when the Kenton County attorney’s office informed them that Metcalf had been behind on child support payments since 1986.

A judge ordered Metcalf to pay $880,000 to a fund for future support because he already owed at least $31,000.

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