Des Moines, Iowa – State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is encouraging Iowans to visit his Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth at the State Fair to locate their lost money. “An average of over $700,000 has been claimed from the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth the last five fairs, and more than 35,000 properties were claimed,” said Fitzgerald. “It only takes a few minutes and a few clicks to search your name at our booth. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss!”
Located in the Varied Industries Building, the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth will be open for fairgoers to search for themselves, friends, families and favorite local businesses. While there, they can also make a claim for their rightful funds. “With staff available to answer questions and the online database at your fingertips, there isn’t a more convenient time to search and claim,” continued Fitzgerald. “Take a second to cool-off from the heat in the air conditioning and you may find cash to claim, too.”
As one of his first initiatives as State Treasurer, Fitzgerald created the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to return unclaimed property to past and present Iowans. Financial assets, including checking and savings accounts, stocks and bonds, uncashed checks, life insurance payouts, security deposit refunds and the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes, are sent to the State Treasurer’s Office for safekeeping after they have been inactive for a period of time. Fitzgerald then works to reunite the funds with the rightful owner through the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.
Stop by the State Fair booth to find your unclaimed property and snag free-grab items. Individuals can also search for their unclaimed property 24/7 at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov. Keep up with the Treasurer and his office on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.