You may have money or valuables sitting in the Maryland Comptroller's Office that you don't even know you own!
That's what happened to 331 people who went to the Maryland State Fair last week.
Comptroller Peter Franchot says his office holds millions of dollars of unclaimed cash and items, so he took his staff to the fair to help reunite Marylanders with money they are owed. On Wednesday, his office announced over $385,000 of unclaimed funds were claimed at the Maryland State Fair.
He even said one person discovered they owned an unexpected windfall of $28,919!
“Every day, my staff diligently works to find the owners of unclaimed property and to make sure they get what belongs to them,” Comptroller Franchot said. “County fairs and festivals around the state – especially the Maryland State Fair – give agency staffers an extra opportunity to meet residents and help them find unclaimed funds and items that are rightfully theirs.”
The money comes from financial institutions, utilities, insurance companies, and other corporations that are required to report any bank accounts, security deposits, wages, insurance benefits and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been unclaimed after three years.
If you think you may have unclaimed cash, call the Comptroller's Office at 410-767-1700 (Central Maryland) or toll-free at 1-800-782-7383 to find out how to reclaim your lost property. Marylanders can also see if their name is on the list by clicking here.