OKLAHOMA CITY – State Treasurer Ken Miller is heading to the Oklahoma State Fair to look for the owners of $350 million in unclaimed property. The treasurer and his employees have a list of 600,000 Oklahomans that are owed the unclaimed property, and they’ll be staffing a booth in the Cox Pavilion throughout the fair in Oklahoma City to help reunite fair goers with their money.
This year marks the 12th year the office has operated the “Pot of Gold” booth at the annual Oklahoma State Fair. Since first setting up booths at the state fairs in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, more than $5 million has been found for more than 11,000 fair patrons.
“Our booth is one of the few places, if not the only place, you can go at the state fair and make money without spending any. The odds that we have money for you is better than one-in-seven,” Miller said. “While you’re at the fair this year, please stop by our booth to see if we have any of your money. Remember, too, that our service is free.”
Last year, almost $350,000 was found for 552 people attending the fair.
Examples of unclaimed property include bank accounts, security deposits, old paychecks, royalties, rebates, stock and bonds. The contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes are also included.
The cash and property are turned over to the State Treasurer’s office when the businesses holding them lose track of the owners. Treasurer Miller’s Unclaimed Property Division operates a searchable database at www.treasurer.ok.gov, publishes the names in state newspapers and conducts other outreach, such as booths at the two state fairs, to help find the owners.
The Unclaimed Property booth in the Cox Pavilion will be open throughout the fair, September 13 - 23.
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For more information contact:
Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications and Program Administration