The state has $11 billion in unclaimed funds with more than 26 million records. The unclaimed money is put in the state’s general fund and used to pay the state’s bills until people claim it. Records showed a 69 percent increase in unclaimed funds between the 2007 and 2011, from $523 million to $886 million.
The state Comptroller’s Office paid out $314 million last fiscal year. The state’s Comptroller’s Office said that 41 percent of claims are $50 or less, and about 63 percent are $100 or less.
If you’re owed money, visit www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/index.htm to claim it.
The Comptroller’s Office has an online database to check to see if you are owed money as low as $20, dating back to 1985. Our searchable database will show if you are owed as little as $3 since 1985. So a name may show up here but not at the Comptroller’s website.