Tulsa Baby Wins College Savings Sweepstakes

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 1:30 pm
By: Richard Clark

A Tulsa baby is already on her way to college, thanks to winning a state contest.

Eight-month-old Riley Mow is the winner of the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan annual Newborn Sweepstakes.

She's the daughter of Samantha and Daniel Mow, a Tulsa music instructor.

“We feel so fortunate to have won,” Daniel Mow said. “This will provide an excellent foundation on which to build Riley's college savings.”

Riley won $5,529 toward a college savings account.

The family was recognized Tuesday during a ceremony at Saint Francis Hospital, where Riley was born. The event was attended by hospital officials and some of the nursing staff present when Riley arrived.

State Treasurer Ken Miller, who serves as board chairman for the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan (OCSP), said the Newborn Sweepstakes helps the winner prepare for college and is a great opportunity to educate parents and grandparents about the importance of saving for college early.

Riley is the fifth winner of the OCSP Newborn Sweepstakes. She is the second straight winner born at Saint Francis and the fourth straight winner from the Tulsa area.

Launched in 2010m, the sweepstakes is an annual, statewide contest that offers parents or grandparents of Oklahoma newborns the chance to win $5,529 toward an OCSP account. The sweepstakes also awards $1,529 to the hospital where the winning baby is born.

Since the Newborn Sweepstakes was started, more than $27,000 has been awarded to Oklahoma families and more than $7,000 has been awarded to state hospitals.

The Newborn Sweepstakes continues this year, with entries now being accepted via the OCSP website: www.ok4saving.org

New parents or grandparents can go to the website for official rules, prize details and to enter for a chance to win. 

Parents or grandparents of a child born in 2015 will have until April 14, 2016, to enter. Funding for prizes comes from the OCSP marketing budget. No state funds are used.