The state Department of the Treasury has returned $101,473 in unclaimed money to hundreds of Lake Charles area residents during a weekend event in Lake Charles.

State Treasurer John Kennedy said Monday that $35,000 was returned to southwest Louisiana residents years ago when they first visited Lake Charles. The average unclaimed property claim is usually around $200 to $400, but officials say this year there were several claims that totaled more than $1,000.

Kennedy’s office has aggressively been trying to return unclaimed property. The database includes over 1 million people and businesses that are owed more than $500 million. The money is from old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments, utility deposits and other funds.

Unclaimed Property: www.LATreasury.com or call 1-888-925-4127