Several Nebraskans learned it was their lucky day while visiting the Nebraska State Fair this year when they found out they had unclaimed property being held by the State Treasurer's office.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced Thursday that over $52,000 was returned to Nebraskans who visited the Unclaimed Properly booth at the fair.
Stenberg said 133 claims were filed during the 10-day fair, amounting to a total of $52,279 in unclaimed property.
Claim totals ranged from $15,761, which was paid out to a McCook resident down to $7.59.
The state treasurer says this year's total amount of claims paid out during the fair exceeded last year's amount by three times.
"Our Unclaimed Property staff was very busy during the Nebraska State Fair, which is one of our most important and productive outreach events of the year," Stenberg said.
The office says the total amount paid out for this entire year is also up from last year, but Stenberg says he expects those figures to rise even more as fairgoers spread the word about unclaimed property to their family and friends.
The Treasurer's office will next be out at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island from Sept. 10-12. The unclaimed property booth will be set up in the Diversified Services Building.
Nebraskans who are not making the trip to Husker Harvest Days can still look for unclaimed property by going to www.treasurer.org or by calling 402.471.8497 or 877.572.9688 toll free.
In all, the Treasurer's Office is still holding more than $125 million for 350,000 Nebraskans, former Nebraskans, and heirs.