Mass. to sell unclaimed property on eBay
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. —
Are you feeling lucky?
Then the state lottery office in New Bedford was the place to be Wednesday. It was one of five places across Massachusetts where the Treasury Department displayed a trove of unclaimed treasures.
If you're looking for a ring, a coin or even a Beatles picture you could be in luck.
"The highest priced item that we have today is $11,000. It's a six-coin set that includes a 5-ounce gold coin," said James Roy of the treasury.
On Saturday, the state will start posting lots of items on eBay to go to the highest bidder.
"We just saw the article in today's paper, The Standard-Times, and thought it would be an interesting thing to do," Alan Freitas said.
"It is interesting, the kinds of things people leave behind," Joy Freitas said. "You just wonder."
How do you forget something so valuable?
Bob Viens of Braintree understands.
"I actually did recover something once that I wasn't aware of. It was an old bank account, a couple of hundred bucks. I didn't even know it was there," Viens said.
But that doesn't stop him from perusing the spoils. He might just become a bidder. He's done it before.
"I got a bargain quite a while ago," Viens said. "You never know."
This traveling display only shows a sample of the 1,200 lots that will be auctioned.
Items can be viewed from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Springfield State Office Building at 436 Dwight St. in Springfield. There will be a final showing from noon to 5p.m. Friday at the Massachusetts State Lottery offices at 151 West Boylston Drive in Worcester.
Last year's auction raised in more than $500,000.
"The money immediately goes toward the general fund of the commonwealth," Roy said.
It will be used to pay for roads, schools or just about anything else the state needs.