CLAYTON, N.C. — Since 5 on Your Side began helping consumers find unclaimed cash more than six years ago, at least 80 people have recovered more than $257,000.
That includes Kris Zawadski, of Clayton, who found out that it could come from another state.
The North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer holds unclaimed property – for example, money from bank accounts, leftover paychecks, old insurance policies – usually because a company has usually lost track of a consumer.
For Zawadski, it was nearly $1,650 from an escrow account held in her name by the state of Nevada, where she lived nearly 10 years ago before moving to North Carolina.
After seeing a 5 on Your Side story about how others found unclaimed money that belonged to them, Zawadski went online and did her own search for unclaimed property.
"I was stunned," Zawadski said. "And I would imagine, like most people, you never in a million years thought you would lose track of $1,650. No, that's a lot of money to lose track of."
Zawadski plans to use the newfound money to buy an air conditioner – not too exciting, she says, but necessary.
She says she does have one little extra something planned.
"I am going to do one fun thing. I am going to go see 'Phantom of the Opera' with my daughter," Zawadski said "That's going to be my birthday present this year."
And she has a little advice for others who might think there's no unclaimed cash out there for them.
"You've got to check. It takes a whole five minutes," she said. "I didn't think so, but look what I came out with. It was incredible. And I'm pleased to pieces."
Besides checking online at the state treasurer's unclaimed property Web site, NCcash.com
, consumers can also call the Unclaimed Property Division of the state treasurer's office at 919-508-1000.
Nearly $33 billion in unclaimed property sits in state treasuries across the nation. In North Carolina, there are approximately 1 million people with $700 million unclaimed.