State Treasurer of Iowa

State Treasurer Fitzgerald to Reunite Lost Owner with Safe Deposit Box Contents

June 14, 2017

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald was pleased to reunite John Potash of Sioux City with his lost safe deposit contents on Tuesday at the downtown Sioux City Library. “The box was turned over to the treasurer’s office as unclaimed property almost 15 years ago,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m very happy to return the contents as part of my ongoing commitment to reunite Iowans with their lost property through the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.”

Mr. Potash wasn’t the only one in his family to receive a treasure from the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. His son, Gabriel Potash, found over $300.00 by searching his name on the website. Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages all Iowans to check the website,, for forgotten treasures. Over $8.7 million is available to claim for past and present Woodbury County residents.
“I am truly excited to get my long lost contents returned,” John Potash said. “My father, who passed away 47 years ago, assembled the coin collection as something we could do together. This collection will become my son’s when I pass away and I’m looking forward to being able to spend some time with him building it into a generational collection.” 
Corporations, business associations, financial institutions and companies across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the state treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, and utility refunds or deposits. 
Visit the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt at to begin your search. Like Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure. 


Location: Sioux City, IA

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