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Michigan Scores a Double Win Over Ohio in “Find Forgotten Funds: Football Edition” Challenge

The state of Michigan received a couple of big “wins” over the state of Ohio this weekend in both football and the very first Unclaimed Property challenge, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Michigan Unclaimed Property challenged the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds to see which state’s residents could find and claim the most forgotten funds. The state with the most searches on from Nov. 1-25 would win the challenge.

The final numbers were:

  • Michigan: 240,017 searches
  • Ohio: 226,860 searches

As a bonus, the University of Michigan Wolverines beat The Ohio State University (OSU) Buckeyes 30-24 on Saturday, giving our state bragging rights on and off the gridiron. The OSU did defeat Michigan State University earlier this month, so there was a “split” on the field.

“I want to thank Michiganders for spreading the word about searching for their lost or unclaimed property throughout November,” said Terry Stanton, manager of Michigan Unclaimed Property. “This victory over Ohio is really a testament to everyone in our state coming together for the ‘W.’ The real winners are the owners being reunited with money they had forgotten about or misplaced.”

Find your money

Michigan Unclaimed Property has returned more than $550 million to rightful owners or their heirs over the last five years, and a quick online search at could reunite you, your friends and your family members with a potential windfall, including long-lost:

  • Checking and savings accounts
  • Certificates of Deposit (CD)
  • Over payments
  • Uncashed Checks (payroll, refunds, money orders, cashier checks, insurance benefits, etc.)
  • Dividends Stocks and bonds
  • Contents of a safe deposit box 

“Remember to search throughout the year,” Stanton added. “We update the website regularly and want to reunite you with your lost or unclaimed property.”