According to the New York State Comptrollers office, they have amassed a fortune...only it's not theirs to keep and they actually want to give it back to the rightful owners.

I was shocked when I searched my name and found that I had unclaimed money from some stock dividends that I never received last year. When I first saw my name and address on the list my mind started to race with possibilities. Could it be some long-lost relative that left me millions in their will? Could it be a sweepstake that I won and never received? Or maybe it's property taxes that I overpaid and now I'm getting a refund? No, it was two very tiny dividend checks from some stocks I own that have done nothing, but lose value in the market...but on the right side, I have just enough money to pay for three gallons of gas in my Jeep...yea!

Every year the state of New York sits on a huge pile of money that they want to give back to its rightful owners, but most people don't know where to look or even if they should look. Believe me, take the time to do this quick two-minute search. According to the New York Comptrollers office, they are returning about $1.5 million in unclaimed funds every day and some of that could be yours.

There was a story, not too long ago, about a woman that was living on the street in Oregon and died in 2020 without knowing she had been left an inheritance of over $800,000.

There are then a few ways to claim your money:

  • Visit the Comptroller's website at: https://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf
  • Make a claim through the mail: The New York State Comptroller's Office of Unclaimed Funds, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.
  • Call (800) 221-9311

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