State Treasurer of Iowa

Great Iowa Treasure Hunt Hits $250 Million Milestone

This summer marked a big milestone for the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. Since I began the program in 1983, we have returned over $250 million through the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to more than 592,000 past and present Iowans. Additionally, the program reached a milestone of returning unclaimed property to 36,347 rightful owners during the 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). The average number of unclaimed property claims paid in a fiscal year is 16,000.  We had a record number of claims filed and paid in the last year. I’m really pleased over 36,000 owners received their unclaimed property this past fiscal year and we are ready to do it again! Watch the clip here.
A stop at my Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth paid off for many fairgoers. Individuals took advantage of the easy-to-navigate online claim process. A new feature this year was an option to email unclaimed property information to family and friends. Over 32,000 searches were conducted by fairgoers and 7,026 found property and made claims. The largest claim was $33,826.07. 
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 to begin your search and make your claim today. Keep up with all of our programs on social media (Facebook and Twitter @IowaTreasurer). 
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