Kansans claim millions on state's unclaimed property site

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update:

Thousands of people found unclaimed property on the state's Christmas Cash website.

Where's Shane? traveled to Topeka on Thursday to see how where the unclaimed property is stored and how Kansans get money and items they may have left behind.

The Kansas State Treasurer's Office says by the close of business on Thursday, the site had received 63,325 searches and $559,599.25 had been claimed.

"We are really pleased to have been able to give back that much-unclaimed property yesterday (Thursday)," said the treasurer's office.

The state launched the Christmas Cash website during the week of Cyber Monday. Since then, the site has been searched 328,976 times and a total amount of $4,298,089.12 has been claimed.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

With the holiday season comes an effort from Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner to help unite Kansans with unclaimed cash that is rightfully theirs.

LaTurner says the state currently is the custodian of more than $350 million of unclaimed property. This unclaimed money comes in many forms including old payroll checks, old utility deposits or unclaimed life-insurance policies.

"It's cash that just never made it to you in the first place," LaTurner says.

To see if you or someone in your family has unclaimed property and to make a claim to get what's rightfully yours, go to christmascash.ks.gov.

LaTurner says the average claim is more than $220 and the treasurer's office has made stops in all 105 counties, working to unite as many people as possible with money many don't even realize belongs to them.

"It's not our money. It's not the government's money," LaTurner says. "So it's our job to help return it to folks."