MOST 529, Missouri’s College Savings Plan held a contest during this year’s State Fair. Brenda Beatty, of Sedalia, was the winner and took home a Kindle and $25 amazon gift. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Treasurer Clint Zweifel.

Clint Zweifel

Press Release from Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel:

SEDALIA, Mo. –The 2011 Missouri State Fair ended Sunday, and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) said 426 people went home knowing they will be receiving extra cash. During the course of the fair, $87,157 worth of Unclaimed Property was found, a 53 percent increase over the 2010 State Fair. The single largest claim was $5,355.

“Claim totals were up 53 percent largely because more Missourians than ever before are aware of what Unclaimed Property is and are claiming what is theirs,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “The State Fair is a great way to build awareness. Returning almost $90,000 is a good number, and keeps us on pace to break records. Plus, folks have some extra cash for back-to-school time.”

Anyone can search for Unclaimed Property anytime at www.ShowMeMoney.com. Missourians can also sign-up to receive email notifications when new Unclaimed Property matching their information is added. Since January 2009, Treasurer Zweifel has returned $85 million to more than 260,000 account owners. For more information, go to www.ShowMeMoney.com or call (573) 751-0123.

About Treasurer Zweifel’s Unclaimed Property

State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel that belong to a customer, client, employee or other owner if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner for five or more years. Most Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It also can include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs. Treasurer Zweifel does not handle real property such as land, houses, cars and boats. There is $600 million in Unclaimed Property maintained by Treasurer Zweifel. Treasurer Zweifel never charges for the return of Unclaimed Property.