ORANGE ( — It’s not something most people think to do: go on to the state controller’s website and apply for unclaimed property.

That’s what David Johnson did and found $200 his dad left behind.

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It’s not just cash. It could be a grandparent’s safe deposit box, jewelry, a forgotten stock purchase or even equipment owed you from a cable company. Every year, financial institutions have to report and hand over unclaimed property.

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Last year alone, the state controller’s office received over $700 million in lost or abandoned property. By 2018, the state expects to break a record for a new total, over $9 billion in unclaimed property.