Each autumn, the Treasury makes available the names of folks in Louisiana who have new unclaimed property waiting for them to claim. On September 30 and October 7 of this year, Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division published in newspapers statewide the names of individuals who are owed $24 million in unclaimed property. This total includes all of the new money that we collected over the past year.

The names of these citizens were published in the legal notices section of many newspapers, but if you happened to miss it, don’t worry, you can also log on to www.latreasury.comto search for your name. Our online unclaimed property database has information on $24 million in new unclaimed property as well as $242 million collected over the years that belongs to Louisiana citizens, businesses and organizations.

As you know, unclaimed property includes payroll checks, checking and savings accounts, royalties, utility and other deposits, interest, dividends, stock certificates and life insurance proceeds. There is no expiration date for making a claim; however, proof of ownership must be submitted before the funds are released.

Over $107 million has been returned to its rightful owners since the unclaimed property program began in 1972. During that time, we have collected$348.6 million from numerous holders.

Since January 2004, Treasury has returned over $11 million to Louisiana citizens. This figure includes over $2 million returned at shopping malls throughout the state, including $73,000 in Alexandria, $46,000 in Baton Rouge,$35,000 in Houma, $326,000 in Lafayette, $32,000 in Lake Charles, $55,000 in Monroe, $343,000 in Shreveport, $29,000 in Slidell and $1.15 million in New Orleans.

You have a one-in-six chance of having unclaimed property in Louisiana. With those odds, you have a much better chance of finding money in your newspaper or on our website than you do of winning the lottery. Go to www.latreasury.comor call our Unclaimed Property Division toll-free at 1-888-925-4127 to see if you have money waiting to be claimed today!