A stop at my Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth during the Iowa State Fair paid off for many fairgoers. New this year, fairgoers were able to claim directly at the booth and take advantage of our easy-to-use online claiming process. State and County Fairgoers found over 8,000 unclaimed properties, totaling more than $625,000 in value. The largest claim was over $63,000.
Great Iowa Treasure Hunt Record Breaking Summer
The last week in September, I announced the addition of over 60,000 Des Moines-area properties to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. The additional properties represent over $11 million added from the City of Des Moines class action franchise tax lawsuit. The amounts range from $10 to over $300,000 and my office will have these properties for 18 months and will then return the remaining funds to the City. In the last week of September, our office received a record number of calls, people stopping by our office, visits to our website and claims submitted. But even more importantly, we set a record number of claims paid in a single month as a result of the attention the program received in the press. 4,853 people received checks in September for a total of $1,387,106!
Since 1983, the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt has returned over $233 million. 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, utility refunds or deposits.
Visit the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov to begin your search. Like Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure to stay up to date on future events.