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My father died in 1986, neither my sister or I were eligible for survivor benefits because we were both over the age of 18. To my knowledge my mother does not collect on his benefits, what happened to the money that he paid in. If he does not have children who are young enough or a spouse that collects, does the government just get to keep that money? He died when he was 48 and was making in the 6 figures for several years prior to his death, so he paid in alot of money. I have always wondered if when that happens, what happens to the money.
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