State Treasurer of Iowa

Yearning to See Something Green? Try the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt

While we are all yearning to see something green after record amounts of snow this winter, you don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day. The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt might just add some green in the form of unclaimed property to your wallets.

Throughout the year, I encourage all Iowans to check our website for forgotten treasure. We explored our list to find those Irish connections this St. Patrick’s Day. Names include Irish, Ireland, Clovers, Shamrocks, Greens and even a Lucky Pub Grub in Ankeny.  Even if you have claimed property in the past, there is a chance your name could reappear.   

Since 1983, the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt has returned over $258 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 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.

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