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With so many families strapped for cash these days, this one is hard to believe. Ohioans have millions and millions of dollars of funds sitting unclaimed, just waiting for the rightful owners to come get their money.

The director of the Ohio Department of Commerce announced that 46,000 Ohioans were reunited last year with $60 million that was rightfully theirs.

That’s not chump change.

More unclaimed money each week

The Commerce Department says the money continues to come in. And this year, the state has a new list of unclaimed funds with more names on it. It might include you.

Where does all this money come from? Commerce Department Director David Goodman said at a Cincinnati news conference that some common examples of where the funds come from are:

  • Dormant checking and savings accounts
  • Forgotten rent and utility deposits
  • Uncashed checks
  • Undelivered stock
  • Uncashed insurance polices.

For instance, you may have had small savings account as a child that you hadn’t touched in decades: it has since been turned over the state. Or you moved and your old landlord never found your new address to return your rent deposit.

Also, the more you move from home to home, the more money is likely to go missing, because businesses and tax departments can’t find you. So check with the state’s “Treasure Hunt” list and see if your name is on the list.

Click here for a link the Ohio Commerce Dept Unclaimed Funds site: http://5.wews.com/2d0

And don’t waste your money