BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state has returned $84,400 in unclaimed money to hundreds of Lafayette-area residents during an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day weekend event.

The Louisiana Department of the Treasury, in a news release Monday, said the average claim is usually around $900, but several claims filed at the Acadiana Mall event exceeded $1,000.

State Treasurer John Kennedy says the state still has $635 million that belongs to citizens statewide and he encouraged people to search the department's website to see if some of that belongs to them. Search online at or call 1-888-925-4127.

Since 1972, the Unclaimed Property Program has returned more than $338 million to almost 570,000 Louisiana citizens. The money includes payroll checks, old bank accounts, royalties, utility deposits, interest payments, stock certificates and life insurance proceeds.