Wyoming Trying to Give Back Millions to its Citizens

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Each year Wyoming has millions of dollars they try to return to its rightful owners.
"Vendors have outstanding things that they have on their books. People that don't necessarily, they can't find," said Mark Gordon, Wyoming State Treasurer.
This year $3.5 million dollars is waiting to be claimed. That money comes from a variety of avenues.
"It's royalties, it's stock proceeds, it's savings accounts, it's insurance policies, it's all sorts of things," Gordon said.
Hundreds of people across the state are owed that money, many of which don't even know it.
You can check to see if your name is on the list by going to wywindfall.gov.
On average only 40 percent of the money is claimed each year.
"There's calls from all over the state and a lot from Laramie and Cheyenne," said Gordon.
On average a claim is less than $100, but there have been claims as high as $250,000.
If you are on the list or believe you have a claim, call the Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Office at 307-777-5590.
A claim never expires. Even if you believe you have a claim from past years the property remains there for the rightful owner.
Treasurer Gordon says to beware of third parties calling claiming to be able to get your money back.
"If anybody calls and says we'll rescue this for you, don't buy it because this is a free service from Wyoming. This is what we do. We give our citizens their property back."

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