Nebraskans Have 125 Million Dollars In Unclaimed Property


  • The first step to finding your unclaimed property is visiting the Treasurer's Unclaimed Property website.
  • You can also call into the Treasury, 402-471-8497 or 877-572-9688 (toll-free).
  • Or visit them at 809 P. Street, or in the Capitol in Suite 2005.

 

Imagine a lottery in which it cost nothing to enter and one in five Nebraskans will win. In fact, you could already be a winner.

Three-hundred and fifty thousand Nebraskans have property at the Unclaimed Property Division.

Georgenne Parker's brother saw her name on the Treasury's list.

"He looked and I phoned the Treasurer's office and they told me that I was owed over $1,300 dollars. If I hadn't been sitting down I would have fainted," she said.

She still doesn't know exactly where the money came from. But she's thankful for it and is going to upgrade her computer.

"That's what it's going to get, a computer, Skype and the complex printer," said Parker.

Just like Parker's mystery money, property could come from anywhere.

"It could be a certificate of deposit at a bank that you forgot about, maybe you left a job and didn't leave a forwarding address so you never got your last check, could be dividends, maybe you were the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that you didn't even know about," said State Treasurer Don Stenberg.

The Unclaimed Property Division has mostly money, but after five years banks are required to turn over safety deposit boxes. They have everything from money to jewelry. Some decades old.

Between the physical property and money, current and former Nebraskans have 125 million dollars in unclaimed property.

"There's several that are over $100,000 dollars, but many of them are smaller- $20 dollars, $50 dollars, $35 dollars," said Stenberg.

That $100,000, it could be yours.

The Division makes calls when they can to notify people of their property. After five years, they are allowed to auction off items in safety deposit boxes, but they enjoy getting lost property back to its rightful owners.

"Even after my brother told me my name was on the list I thought it might be some $25 dollar savings account that I started when I was ten. I just couldn't imagine," Parker said.


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