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Iowa State Fairgoers Are United With Lost Treasures

August 25, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES, IA (readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced today that the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt had another successful year at the Iowa State Fair. "Over 8,000 claims of unclaimed property were discovered, totaling over $2 million," said Fitzgerald. "The largest treasure found during this annual event was $41,084.96. This was certainly an exceptional year for our booth at the Iowa State Fair."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt database contains the names of more than one million accounts from individuals all over the state. The program has returned over $149 million in unclaimed property to more than 371,000 people since Fitzgerald created it in 1983. The money in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt could be from forgotten or inactive savings/checking accounts, utility refunds or deposits, uncashed insurance benefit checks, lost stock and dividends or abandoned safe deposit box contents. When persons do not respond over an extended period of time through regular mailings from banks and corporations, the money is reported to the state treasurer's office.

For more information about the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, please visit the website at or contact the office via email to Treasure hunters may also write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319.



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