Spectacular displays of fireworks will be booming on the Fourth of July. State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald may not have a display of fireworks, but he has his own spectacular display of unclaimed cash and a vault brimming full of unclaimed property to be reclaimed.
With the festivities bringing families and friends gathered together for their picnics or barbecues, Fitzgerald would like to encourage all current and past Iowans to visit the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt website and search for their name. “You can start your search today by visiting GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov,” said Fitzgerald. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and search their name. To date, over $247 million has been returned to more than 592,000 Iowans!”
Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property’s owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report unclaimed property to the state treasurer’s office. The assets are then held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits and safe deposit box contents.
“People always tell me their stories about how they or someone they know have claimed money from the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. We will continue to reach out and reunite these assets with their owner, where they belong,” Fitzgerald stated.
Visit the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov to begin your search. Keep up with all of our programs on social media (Facebook and Twitter @IowaTreasurer).