I’m excited to announce that we’ve returned over $275 million through the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt since I created the program in 1983. It’s a huge accomplishment and I’m pleased we’ve hit this record milestone, but with over $398 million still waiting to be claimed, we will continue to reach out and reunite these treasures with their rightful owners.
Each year, the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the rightful owners. Common forms of unclaimed property include forgotten savings or checking accounts, lost stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits and abandoned safe deposit box contents. We mail out letters, attend events, publish names in the newspapers and utilize other opportunities to remind people to check the list online.
Throughout the year, new property is uploaded into the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. I’m encouraging all past and present Iowa residents, non-profits and businesses to search our records, even if you have claimed property in the past; there is a chance your name could be on the list again. Visit the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt at GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov to begin your search and make your claim today. Keep up with all of our programs on social media by following us on Facebook and Twitter.