Since last summer, 51,000 Ohioans have found missing money from the Ohio Department of Commerce.
The average claim was $956, Consumer 10's Kurt Ludlow reported.
The names of people and businesses who have money waiting for them is available online.
Angie McDowell recently received a check for more than $1,800 in unclaimed funds. Her late husband Terry, a Whitehall police officer who was killed in the line of duty, often worked special duty at Kroger and took payment in stock.
After McDowell died, the stock was supposed to go to her. For whatever reason, it did not go to her and she forgot about it until a few months ago.
"It was a very nice surprise," Angie McDowell said.
Kroger sent the stock to the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds. She received her check after a few phone calls and some verifying documents, Ludlow reported.
"Whether it's $5 or $50,000, you just never know," McDowell said. "If you don't check, you will never know."
The number of people who have found missing money last summer is up 32 percent, Ludlow reported.
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LIST OF PEOPLE OWED MORE THAN $1,000:
SEARCH YOUR NAME: Find Unclaimed Funds
Anyone without Internet access can write to the Division of Unclaimed Funds (below) and provide the full name or names to be researched, along with the counties where they resided.:
Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Unclaimed Funds
77 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-4433 or 877-644-6823
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