State Treasury Has Over $207 Million in Hidden Treasure,Some of It May Be Yours

BATON ROUGE,LA – Do you have hidden treasure in Louisiana? This weekend, Houma area residents will have the chance to find out. On Saturday, December 7, the Louisiana Department of the Treasury will host an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day at Southland Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Roughly one in six individuals has unclaimed property in the state, and those are pretty good odds, said State Treasurer John Kennedy. You have a much better chance of having unclaimed property in Louisiana than you would of winning the lottery. The Treasury’s unclaimed property database has information on 500,000 people who are entitled to more than $207 million.

Treasurer Kennedy and department representatives will be located at JC Penney Court at Southland Mall to help anyone who finds unclaimed property to file a claim for the money on the spot. This is a free service.

Government requires us to pay our taxes promptly and in the correct amount, said Treasurer Kennedy. Shouldn’t government be held to the same standard when it has your money?

Southland Mall is located at 5953 West Park Ave. in Houma. Residents planning to search for lost money at the Unclaimed Property Awareness Day should bring a drivers license and some other form of identification like a social security card.

Those who are unable to make it on Saturday can search for unclaimed property online at Citizens can also call the Unclaimed Property Division toll-free (nationwide) at 1-888-925-4127 (weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Sarah Mulhearn
(225) 342-0012