It is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

Finding some cold, hard cash when you least expect it.

Usually, it happens when you’re rummaging through a pocket of a coat or pair of jeans, but recently it happened to me on, of all places, the internet.

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Now I know what you’re thinking, and no this wasn’t from some ‘prince’ in some far-off land trying to share his fortune with me.

This was from the state of South Dakota.

South Dakota Cash Website

A friend alerted me that my name appeared on the State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division website and upon further review, I discovered a ‘miscellaneous outstanding check’ in my name for the amount of $25.50.

That was a nice surprise, especially considering that it was from 2002!

The website makes it super easy to get a virtual claim started.

That’s the good news.

The bad news? It’s not going to be as easy as I thought to claim my long-lost money.

In order to get paid, I need to provide proof that I lived at the address associated with this claim. As I mentioned, this was 20 years ago, I only lived there for six months, and I have moved twice since then.

Looks like I’ll be digging through all of my files this weekend, hoping to find the needle in a haystack that will help me reunite with my money.

Wish me luck.

While on the website, I did what I’m sure most people do, start searching the names of the people closest to you to see what ‘buried treasure’ they might be missing out on.

I did pair of unclaimed payments for my wife in the amount of $54. A search for another family member uncovered 13 entries totaling around $600.

Is a finder’s fee appropriate here? (Asking for a friend)

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