BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Department of the Treasury returned $412,291.67 in unclaimed money to thousands of New Orleans area residents this weekend at Lakeside Shopping Center, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

“We go to malls with laptops throughout the year to make it easy for Louisianians to search for Unclaimed Property,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “We have nearly $750 million in Unclaimed Property. You have a better chance of finding Unclaimed Property in the state treasury than you do of winning the lottery.”

The Unclaimed Property program has returned more than $407 million to almost 630,000 Louisiana citizens since 1972. A few times a year, Treasury employees go to shopping malls to increase awareness about the Unclaimed Property program.

“One gentleman who came to the mall Saturday found nearly $12,000,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “If you weren’t able to make it to Lakeside, then check our online database or give us a call. We want to return this money.”

Treasurer Kennedy encourages Louisiana residents who could not attend Saturday’s Unclaimed Property Awareness Day to search for missing money online at www.LATreasury.comor call the Treasury’s toll-free hotline at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).