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​October 19, 2012


Treasurer Cowell Returns $55,000 in Unclaimed Cash at State Fair

cowell_state_fair2012-UPP-275.jpgRALEIGH – State Treasurer Janet Cowell handed an unclaimed property check for more than $55,000 to a lucky North Carolina citizen today at the State Fair. NC Cash, the Department’s unclaimed property program, has a booth at the fair where citizens can search a database of more than $340 million in property to see if they have money to claim.

Cowell made a special appearance at the booth to return unclaimed property to Raleigh elementary school teacher Jan Schnurr.

“I was so surprised and excited to find out about this,” Schnurr said. “I plan to use the money to save up for retirement and invest it so I can hopefully make more money with it.”

Another visitor to the booth found out Thursday that he has more than $117,000 in unclaimed cash. This pushes the total amount found for fairgoers to more than $300,000 since the fair began Oct. 11.

Following her appearance at the NC Cash booth, Cowell toured the fairgrounds, making a special stop at the Got to Be NC Agriculture tent.

“The fair gives me the opportunity for early holiday shopping; I always enjoy getting North Carolina food products like honey and peanuts,” Cowell said. “Returning cash to its rightful owners just makes the experience even more fun.”


Unclaimed property consists of bank accounts, wages, utility deposits, stocks, bonds and other property types that have been abandoned due to a loss of communication or oversight. North Carolinians can also search for unclaimed property at​.

Photo (left to right): “Bill the Bill,” State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Jan Schnurr