Nevadan’s could be in for a nice surprise
By Linda
A record number of Nevadans could find out Wednesday that they’re in line for a small windfall of forgotten cash — but they’ll have to spend some time reading through a long list of names.

The state Division of Unclaimed Property will advertise the names of 30,481 people — a record number — who left money totaling $10.2 million at casino cages, in bank accounts, or in never-cashed payroll checks.

Another 920,000 shares of stock and jewelry were never claimed.

Division chief Steven McDonald said the names will be published Wednesday in an insert in newspapers and on the Internet.

Unclaimed property consists of money or other personal assets that are considered lost or abandoned when an owner can’t be located after a specific period of time.

They may include unpaid wages, gift certificates, certificates of deposits, dividends, refunds, vendor checks, death benefits, money orders or credit balances.

Banks and financial institutions are required annually to notify the state of accounts that are dormant for three years. The division then tries to find the owner or relatives.

Casinos follow the same rule, McDonald said. A gambler may make a deposit at a casino cage but only use part of it and forget the rest, or a customer may leave jewelry in a casino safe box.

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