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Unclaimed money lands Bullitt County residents with unexpected windfall

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BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two and a half million dollars is up for grabs in Bullitt County. The money is all part of a massive chunk of unclaimed property. Government officials are trying to track down the owners to give them thousands of dollars they may have never known they had.

Whoever said 'money can't buy happiness' probably never met Joe Hall. "We actually had quite a bit of money that was left over that we had not been paid," Hall said.

"I didn't know what to expect," Susan Kahl said.

Both Hall and Kahl say they are happy after receiving several thousand dollars in unclaimed money through Kentucky's treasure finders program.

“It was about $6,400, to us that's a lot of money," Hall explained.

“When I got here they led me up front and they looked it up and they had found an insurance return and it was over 5,000," Kahl added.

State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach brought the program to Bullitt County on Friday. “We've identified over $2.5 million that belongs to people right here in Bullitt County,” he said.

"We've made a lot of people happy already today," he added. They've made people happy by cutting some big checks.

“We have had somebody come through that got about 15,000; we've had one for $5,000. I think we've had one close to $10,000."

With nearly a half billion dollars in unclaimed money statewide, Hollenbach explains how they find it.

“We get anything that is declared abandoned, we receive. It usually comes to us in the form of bank accounts, insurance proceeds. Sometimes stocks and bonds, things like that."

Kahl attested to the benefit of giving money back to people. “It'll help out a lot of Christmas, you know, I won't have to worry about that."

It is an unexpected windfall but just like Susan Kahl, Joe Hall already has plans for the money.

"It'll be a big help to us. Like I said, I've got two kids in school right now and one starting college a year from now, so we'll be needing that money I'm sure."

If you want to find out if you have any unclaimed money in Kentucky or any other state, you can find out at www.missingmoney.com.

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