More than $107 million in unclaimed funds in Westchester

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Tim Fleischer reporting live. (WABC)

It could mean money for anyone, unclaimed money you never knew was yours!

Freddie Scott just got a little richer.

"That's good! I got some eggs in the basket," Scott said.

Scott and others were lining up at an event at the Yonkers Library in hopes of collecting an unexpected windfall.

Money is often forgotten in old bank accounts, utility deposits, uncashed checks and insurance claims.

It's money that most people never knew they could claim.

"For many families, whether its $50 or $100 and those are the typical recoveries, it can make a difference. Sometimes it's several hundreds. Sometimes its several thousands," said Thomas DiNapoli, the New York State Comptroller.

In State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins district alone, made up of 11 communities including the cities of Yonkers, New Rochelle and White Plains, there are nearly $107 million in unclaimed funds in close to 200,000 accounts.

"The reality is, who doesn't want new found money, especially if it is theirs to have," State Senator Stewart -Cousins said.

Daria Hall didn't find any, but there was money for her mother.

"I said, 'let me get in there and check,'" Hall said.

You can check for more than just individuals too.

Susan Thaler was checking for the Yonkers Library system and discovered money.

"Everybody should this for sure," said Susan Thaler, Yonkers Library Deputy Director.

The easiest way to check is on the Comptrollers Website.

"You put your name in, you put in your relative's name, your business name, whatever. You can apply right online and for the more simple recoveries you can get a check in a matter of days," DiNapoli said.

"Never even gave it a thought, not a clue," Scott said.

The state returned a record amount last year: $427 million. There is no deadline. One unclaimed account is from the 1940's.

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