Your organization may have unclaimed money

COWPENS, SC (WSPA) – When it comes to faith, Pastor Steven Griffith of Mountain View Baptist Church in Cowpens has never wavered.

But he admitted that when someone first told him that money was sitting in the state treasurer’s office waiting for people to claim it, he found it hard to believe.

“Honestly, I doubted everything. I thought, ‘This can’t be possible,'” Pastor Griffith said.

And who would blame him? Most are shocked to learn that $750 million currently sits in South Carolina’s unclaimed fund.

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis said it’s not just for individuals. Sometimes it is the organizations that wait the longest to seek out and claim what is rightfully theirs.

“Churches and charities, government agencies, actually I’m going to have to go to war with a government agency, I told them about a claim, and they didn’t file it. It’s $300 and something. thing like a thousand dollars,” Loftis said.

Back in Mountainview, parishioners urged Pastor Griffith to search. And low and behold, a claim for $178 was discovered with a janitorial supply company that owed a refund.

Pastor Griffith was eager to spread the word.

“When we found out about this, we stood up in church and announced it,” Griffith said.

As the church funneled the money into a youth trip, it was clear that the odds of having unclaimed money are far greater than winning the lottery, one in ten, in fact. And the pastor couldn’t help but wonder what the bigger payment was?

“I would bet, of course I don’t bet, but I bet it’s a good amount,” Griffith said.

So we asked the South Carolina Treasurer’s Office and they told us that while the majority of unclaimed cash was under $100, the largest was over $900,000.

“Shoo, are you kidding me? Man, I wish we had that. It’s pretty neat,” Griffith said.

Do all of us. Yet no complaints from this pastor, who said the online process was so smooth he almost felt guilty getting so much for so little effort. Well, almost.

“I thought it really happened and it was amazing, just awesome. Yes I believe. I’m a firm believer, I’m a promoter, yes, yes, absolutely,” he said in laughing.

The moral of the story: why not give it a shot? In fact, the Treasurer’s Office said that currently 95 people in the upstate have claims over $50,000 and 25 of them are over $100,000.

How to search

Simple is the key word, since all you have to do is enter your name on the SC Treasurer’s Office website.

Or search any state for free via

  1. Simply enter your name in the search box on the homepage
  2. Select the state from the drop-down menu
  3. Find a current or previous address
  4. And if you see one that could be yours, press claim

(We should note that if your state is not listed in bold, you can always select it and get a link directly to that state’s unclaimed property site).