There is $18 million of unclaimed property for Wilmington residents alone. The state treasurer's office recently sent WECT a list of people here who are owed lots of money, but have never claimed it -- usually because they have no idea this money exists.
WECT tracked some of you down to share the good news. We didn't have working phone numbers for a lot of people, so we tried to find them at their last known address. In more than one case, they didn't live there anymore, so we had to ask their old neighbors for help.
"I got a Facebook message out of the blue from a neighbor that I probably haven't talked to in 10 years, and she said that you were trying to get in contact with me and something about some unclaimed money," Susan Hall told us.
When Hall called us at the number we left with her neighbor, we told her she had $10,000 being held by the state treasurer that she had never claimed. The money was left for her infant son Gabriel when her late husband, active duty Marine Sgt. Wayne Hall, died 10 years ago.
Hall was one of three widows on the list given to us by State Treasurer Janet Cowell. Although the news is bittersweet - Susan is grateful to know.
"I'm very, very thankful that there's honest people out there who do that and look out for you. Especially for my son, it's really for him in the end. And like I said, it will be very helpful when it's time for him to go to college," Hall said.
This Wednesday at 5, 5:30 and 6, WECT is hosting a live Cash-A-Thon.
The state treasurer and staffers from her office will be here live, answering the phones to tell you exactly how much money you may be owed, and start the claims process on the spot. Don't forget to tune in, and call (910) 386-5540(910) 386-5540 when the phone lines go live.
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