Not so for Lauer.
The veteran morning show anchor just inked a deal with NBC guaranteeing him a comfortable $25 million salary. According to a report from the London Daily Mail, Lauer is also beginning to build a $3.5 million horse stable at his home on Long Island.
That's not something he would have been able to do with his $140-per-week paycheck at WOWK.
With $65 looking like loose change for Lauer these days, Perdue said he could use the money to revisit his roots in the Mountain State.
"He could at least have a dinner here in West Virginia," Perdue said. "We'd love for him to come back and enjoy West Virginia again."
Lauer had a better idea, though.
"We're going to take that amount, increase it substantially and we're going to make a donation to the United Way of Central West Virginia," he said.
It's not clear how much Lauer will increase the donation to, but United Way of Central West Virginia President John Ballengee said they were thrilled about the recognition.
"Since Matt got his TV journalism start here in central West Virginia, it was nice to hear that he will honor this area with a donation to the local campaign," Ballengee said.
The central West Virginia United Way helped nearly 68,000 people in Boone, Clay, Logan, Kanawha and Putnam counties last year by increasing access to education, promoting financial stability and independence and improving people's health.
"We are all successful because of our local communities and Matt is recognizing that his success started right here," he said.
Lauer is not the only famous former state resident with unclaimed property.
Treasurer's Office records show former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez and popular TV evangelist T.D. Jakes also have unclaimed property in state possession.
Individuals can search West Virginia's unclaimed property database to see if they have any outstanding money or property waiting to be claimed.
They can search for and claim the property by visiting the Treasurer's website, www.wvtreasury.com.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.