A special effort by the State Treasurer’s office at the State Fair returned more than $52,000 in unclaimed property to Nebraskans.
The office set up an Unclaimed Property booth at the 2013 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg said 133 claims were filed by visitors to the booth during the 10-day fair, resulting in a payout totaling $52,279. Most claims were small, as little as $7.59. But, one claim paid to a McCook resident totaled $15,761. A woman for Ashland claimed $960 and a Fremont man made a successful claim for $900.
“That’s three times the total amount of claims paid during the 2012 State Fair,” Treasurer Stenberg said in a written statement released by his office.
Last year, 92 claims were filed at the State Fair with a payout of $15,596, less than the total paid to the McCook resident.
It has been a good year of returning unclaimed property to its rightful owner. The Treasurer’s office reports that more than $7 million has been paid so far in 2013 to 11,730 owners, averaging almost $600 a claim.
The State Fair total could go higher. The Unclaimed Property Division in the Treasurer’s office has a few more claims initiated at the far to process.
The Treasurer’s Office reports it is holding more than $125 million for 350,000 Nebraskans, former Nebraskans, and heirs.
The Unclaimed Property Division will have a booth set up in the Diversified Services Building at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island next week.
Nebraskans can easily search unclaimed property records any time at the State Treasurer’s website, treasurer.org or by calling the Unclaimed Property Division at 402-471-8497 or 877-572-9688 toll free.