WYOMING — According to Wyoming’s State Treasurer Office, the Unclaimed Property Division has received more than $12.68 million in the past five months.

 “National statistics show that one out of every ten Americans has unclaimed property waiting for them,” Treasurer Curt Meier said. “We encourage you to visit www.mycash.wyo.gov to see if Wyoming has any of your money and also visit www.missingmoney.com to see if you are owed property from any other State.”

The State just paid more than $140,000 to a Lincoln County man in November and the average check paid so far this fiscal year exceeds $1,080. 

Wyoming returned more than $8 million in unclaimed property during the fiscal year that ended June 30, but the amount of money turned over to the state continues to exceed the amount paid, which means the overall pot of unclaimed property has continued to increase. Meier said there are more than 900,000 individual properties in the State’s database. While many of these may only be worth a few pennies, the largest is valued at over $1 million and dozens are worth at least $100,000.  

Unclaimed property is turned over when a business, agency or governmental entity owes money, securities and/or the contents of a safe deposit box, among other items, to someone and for whatever reason cannot locate the owner for a specified duration of time. The property is turned over to the state of the last known address if an address was ever known. If there was no last known address, it is turned over to the state in which the business was incorporated