OKLAHOMA CITY – “Want a Bob Stoops-autographed football?” That’s the first question State Treasurer Ken Miller has for fans attending this Saturday’s OU-West Virginia game in Norman. “Got unclaimed property?” is his second question.
Miller and his unclaimed property staff will be in the Fan Fest area northeast of Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium prior to kick-off to help fans find their lost money and register to win the autographed football.
“We have $500 million for 825,000 Oklahomans and we’d like to return it,” Miller said. “We have unclaimed property for about one-in-five Oklahomans. We’d like as many Sooner fans as possible to stop by and let us search for their names.”
Miller’s staff will have laptop computers to look up the names of people heading to the game. Everyone who stops and checks for their name will also be able to enter a drawing for the OU football autographed by Coach Stoops.
“Getting Oklahomans reunited with their unclaimed property is a free public service of the treasurer’s office; the autographed football is just an added bonus,” Miller said.
The office also has a website, www.yourmoney.ok.gov, where anyone can search for unclaimed property and start a claim online.
Businesses that lose track of people to whom they owe money are required to remit the funds to the state treasurer’s office along with the names and last known addresses of the owners. Examples of unclaimed property include abandoned bank accounts, uncashed paychecks, utility deposits, oil and gas royalties, stock, bonds and safe deposit box contents.
Participation in the OU Fan Fest is part of Treasurer Miller’s ramped up efforts to reunite Oklahomans with unclaimed property. Last fiscal year, his office returned a record $16 million.
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For more information contact:
Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications & Program Administration