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Published: May. 23, 2018 at 5:34 PM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2018 at 5:40 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One in four Virginians has unclaimed property at the Virginia Department of the Treasury.

It can range from a watch, to a ring to a drum set - and it could belong to you.

"We have over 5 million different accounts in our database," said State Treasurer Manju Ganeriwala.

Need help finding out if you're owed money? Call12 lines (804-345-1212) are open 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 to help you!

In total, more than $1 billion worth of unclaimed property is stored at the department, waiting for the rightful owners to come forward.

"It can be uncashed checks, it can be bank account balances, it could be deposits, it can be insurance funds, tangible property that's turned into us from banks and from safety deposit boxes," explained Ganeriwala.

For years, you've been able to log onto VaMoneySearch.org and see if you were on the list of recipients, but now you can also search on behalf of a business or a deceased relative.

"A lot of this property has been here for many years," Ganeriwala said. "So we know many of the owners may have passed away, so the property then belongs to the heirs."

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