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Residents can enter free state roadside sign raffle

State residents are invited to enter a raffle to win a “Welcome to Nevada” sign offered by the Nevada Department of Transportation as the old, obsolete highway signs are redesigned and replaced later this year.

The iconic signs depicting a lone miner have stood at many interstate and freeway entrances into Nevada, welcoming drivers to the state for approximately 25 years. They will be replaced by new welcome signs designed by Nevada high school graphic artists through a contest.

Organized by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education and NDOT, the contest invited the public to vote on new welcome sign designs that incorporate Nevada imagery and branding.

“These new signs will be an important representation of the new Nevada that better reflects our state brand, “A World Within, A State Apart,” NDOT Communications Director Sean Sever said. “The existing signs that have stood on Nevada roadways for many years are a source of pride and state identity for Nevadans, which is why we wanted to share them and offer a chance for people to bring a bit of state history home.”

Free entry is available at or by calling 775-888-7000. Residents can also enter by direct messaging through the department’s Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.

One winner will be randomly selected from each region (northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast) shortly before the Nevada Day holiday weekend and personally notified as the existing signs are replaced beginning this year. Only one entry per person is allowed, and winners must be Nevada residents and willing to sign a waiver regarding lawful usage of the signs.

State seeks to return

unclaimed property

A unexpected windfall could be waiting for area residents as the state’s annual list of unclaimed property has been released.

The real and personal property have been reported to the state treasury’s unclaimed property division and belongs to Nevadans or their heirs with a last known address in Clark County.

Clark County has an estimated $670 million in unclaimed property.

A list of the unclaimed property was printed in today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“Last week our office ran a similar ad in Northern Nevada, as a result we paid out $2 million in claims this week,” said Dan Schwartz, state treasurer. “The unclaimed property division has gone from 120 days to process a claim, down to same day processing.”

Anyone in Nevada can search their name online at

For further information, contact Nicolette Johnston at or 775-684-5771.