COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials say a state agency celebrating its 30th anniversary has reunited Ohioans with about $830 million they didn't realize was out there.
The Division of Unclaimed Funds is encouraging more people to explore whether the state is holding onto money they may have forgotten about. Ohio Commerce Director David Goodman says: "There may be a pot of gold waiting for you.''
A news release says the division paid more than 29,500 claims during the second half of 2011, 34.5 percent more than during the same period in 2010. Those claims totaled more than $26.1 million, about $4.5 million above the payout a year earlier.
Unclaimed funds held by the state include uncollected rent or utility deposits, forgotten bank deposits and uncashed insurance policies.
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