Florida returns $25M in unclaimed property to residents; are you among them?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you live in Florida now or you used to, today could be your lucky day.

You might have money owed to you that you didn’t even know about.

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The state said Friday that it gave back millions of dollars worth of unclaimed property to its residents last month.

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“December was a big month for Florida as we returned more than $25 million back to Floridians,” CFO Jimmy Patronis said.

For all of 2021, state treasury officials identified the rightful owners of $358 million in unclaimed property.

“The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, stocks, dividends, uncashed checks, deposits, credit balances and refunds,” Patronis said.

He also noted that unclaimed property might show up in other ways, such as a safe deposit box that was abandoned at a bank.

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That’s why Patronis is once again urging Floridians to check if they have unclaimed funds waiting for them.

And there’s an easy way to do it.

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The Florida Department of Financial Services has set up a website anyone can visit.

CLICK HERE to check it out and begin your search.

Here’s a breakdown by Florida’s metro regions of December’s total unclaimed property:

  • Orlando - $4 million
  • Tampa/St. Pete - $6.4 million
  • Miami - $7.4 million
  • West Palm Beach - $2.6 million
  • Fort Myers/Naples - $1.2 million
  • Jacksonville - $1.4 million
  • Tallahassee - $1 million
  • Pensacola - $582,000
  • Gainesville - $328,000
  • Panama City - $328,300

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