Just-Finished Oklahoma City Fair Found Almost $200,000 for Fair Goers
OKLAHOMA CITY – Having just found almost $200,000 for Oklahoma City fair attendees, State Treasurer Ken Miller is heading up the turnpike this week to help people at the Tulsa State Fair find their “Pot of Gold.”
Miller, administrator of Oklahoma's Unclaimed Property Fund, has $350 million for 600,000 Oklahomans.
“If you plan to attend the Tulsa State Fair, you should come to our booth,” Miller said. “We have the names of more than half a million people who don’t realize they’ve lost money. You could be one of those people.”
This will be the eighth year the treasurer’s office has operated the “Pot of Gold” booth in the Quik Trip Center at the Tulsa State Fair. Workers with laptop computers will lookup names for fair goers on the unclaimed property list. During the past seven years, almost $2.2 million was found for more than 3,800 Tulsa fair patrons.
At the just-completed Oklahoma State Fair, Miller and his staff found $190,199 for 630 fair patrons. In the past 12 years, more than $3 million has been found for more than 8,000 Oklahoma City fair attendees.
Unclaimed property includes bank accounts, security deposits, old paychecks, overpayments, royalties, rebates, stock and bonds. Safe deposit box contents are also included.
The money and property are brought to the treasurer's office when the businesses holding them lose track of the owners. Miller then publishes the names in state newspapers, operates an online searchable database at www.treasurer.ok.gov and conducts other outreach -- such as booths at the two state fairs -- to find the owners.
The Unclaimed Property booth in the Quik Trip Center will be open throughout the fair, September 27 through October 7.
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For more information contact:
Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications & Program Administration