The state’s unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent or utility deposits, items left in safety deposit boxes, undelivered stock certificates and other money ends up in the hands of the state for safe keeping.
Ohioans may check for unclaimed funds online at http://www.com.ohio.gov/unfd/ or call 877-644-6823.
Last fiscal year, the state returned $96.4 million, up 18 percent over the $81.4 million returned in fiscal year 2016 and about 27 percent above the $76 million returned in fiscal year 2015. The state paid money out to more than 60,000 claimants and the average was $1,598.