The state of Florida is holding $2 billion and wants you to claim it

by

comment
PHOTO VIA ADOBE STOCK
  • Photo via Adobe Stock
Forgotten any cash lately?

If a bank account records no activity for long enough (about five years), the state claims it. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida is sitting on about $2 billion from those accounts, and items like jewelry, stamps, coins and collectibles from unclaimed safe deposit boxes.



Typically, the proceeds go to schools, but the state will pay back anyone who claims the money, and there’s a website that’ll help you do exactly that.

Last year, $323 million was paid out to citizens. It’s free, and all you have to do is type in your name.



Visit fltreasurehunt.gov, or missingmoney.com/en for other states, and something unexpected might pop up.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.