Great Iowa Treasure Hunt fall publication scheduled soon

  • By jim
  • 17 Sep, 2014

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $182 million in unclaimed property since 1983.

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald said, “New names will be published in upcoming weeks that have been added to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt,I encourage everyone to search for their name in the paper. You may also search for your name by visiting   greatiowatreasurehunt.com . Checking the paper or visiting us online is well worth the short time it takes.”

$74,478,325 of unclaimed funds was returned to Ohio residents in 2014.

By jim 06 Jun, 2017
As of June 2, 2017, the "Connecticut Big Li$t" shows 1,413,688 state residents and businesses have unclaimed property worth over $779 million dollars. Eleven of those are due to claim funds worth over $500,000 each. Forty nine names on the list are due $250,000 to $500,000. At the low end of the list, over one million names are due to collect amounts between $50 and $500 while more than one hundred thirty thousand people are owed from $500 and $5,000. 

To search for your share of Connecticut missing money go to  https://www.ctbiglist.com/index.asp
By jim 31 May, 2017
Ever wonder what happens to unclaimed property from safe deposit boxes? Alabama Treasurer offers collector items including coins, confederate currency, and jewelry at online auction. Go to  https://www.lsoauctions.com/category.cfm?sellerid=927935315&catid=927935315
By jim 30 May, 2017

The treasurer says Massachusetts residents are getting letters in the mail saying you have “unclaimed property winnings” and asking you if you want help claiming it. Those letters are illegitimate.

Actual letters from the treasurer’s office will be mailed from Boston with a return address.  They will direct residents to an official mass.gov website and they will have the official seal of Massachusetts along with the signature of the Treasurer.

If you do have any unclaimed property you don’t need someone to claim it for you.  Just go to the states’ website and search for yourself or family members.

By jim 17 Sep, 2014

One visitor to the Maryland State Fair discovered an unexpected windfall of $71,516. The Sate of Maryland is very proactive and searches for owners of unclaimed funds by advertising in local newspapers and matching files with state income tax information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.

Maryland’s unclaimed property database can be found at   comptroller.marylandtaxes.com

By jim 17 Sep, 2014

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald said, “New names will be published in upcoming weeks that have been added to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt,I encourage everyone to search for their name in the paper. You may also search for your name by visiting   greatiowatreasurehunt.com . Checking the paper or visiting us online is well worth the short time it takes.”

$74,478,325 of unclaimed funds was returned to Ohio residents in 2014.

By jim 02 Aug, 2014
The total amount returned to owners recently passed $1 Billion for the program’s history.
The largest claims for 2014 included:
  • $1.3 million received by a Hudson County family
  • $553,000 received by a Passaic County man
  • $424,000 received by an Ocean County man
  • $377,000 received by a Bergen County woman
New Jersey’s online database is here: New Jersey Unclaimed Property
By jim 30 Jul, 2014
Delaware Unclaimed Property Department says postcards stamped Unclaimed Property Notification are not sent by Delaware or any other state government. The cards are post marked in Denver, Colorado and instruct receivers to call a toll-free number where personal identification information is requested.
You can read Delaware’s news release here: Delaware News Release
By jim 22 Jul, 2014

According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, one in four Texans has unclaimed property   from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, security deposits and utility refunds.

Texas currently holds over $3 Billion in property that has not been claimed. In 2013, the state returned more than $180 million to its owners.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

By jim 13 Jul, 2014
Back in March, Yahoo Finance published this list of the top 10 states holding the highest values in unpaid unclaimed property claims. This information was based on a 2012 survey and the numbers have increased. New York, for example, is now reporting $13 billion in it’s database. Read the article here:   Yahoo Finance  
New York:   $12 billion
California:   $6.1 billion
Texas:   $2.2 billion
Pennsylvania:   $1.9 billion
Michigan:   $1.55 billion
Ohio:   $1.53 billion
Illinois:   $1.5 billion
Florida:   $1.2 billion
North Carolina:   $1.14 billion
Virginia:   $1.1 billion
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