Mainers, you might have unclaimed pandemic-era relief money. Here’s how to check…

Gov. Janet Mills and Maine State Treasurer Henry Beck are encouraging Mainers to claim outstanding pandemic relief payments.

The state estimates there are about 40,000 unclaimed payments available through Maine’s Unclaimed Property Program, according to a news release from Mills’ office.

During the pandemic, Mills and the Maine Legislature created several relief payment programs. Nearly 2.3 million payments were distributed during the pandemic However, about 40,000 of the checks totaling $19 million were never cashed, the release stated.

The unclaimed funds have been turned over to the Maine Unclaimed Property Program, and they can still be claimed. To find out if you have a payment that has gone unclaimed, visit

“My Administration worked with the Legislature to deliver multiple relief payments to Maine people to help them through the economic hardships caused by the pandemic,” Mills said in the release. “Now, like then, we want to make sure that money goes directly back into the pockets of Maine people. I urge you to check the Maine Unclaimed Property program to make sure you are not owed a relief payment or other unclaimed property held by the state.”

“Over 98 percent of the funds made it directly into the hands of Maine people to help with rising costs,” said Maine Treasurer Henry Beck.  “Now we want to do everything we can to get the remaining payments to their rightful owners and will be doing that through our unclaimed property system.”