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$1.7 million returned to rightful Jacksonville owners in March; how to check if you're owed money

There's a one in five chance you have unclaimed money! More than $30 million was returned last month, including $1.7 million for people in the Jacksonville area.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Note: The video above was published in 2017.)

People in Jacksonville cashed in on $1.7 million in the month of March, and the state says there is a one in five chance you could have unclaimed property.

Statewide, more than $30 million in unclaimed property was returned last month, Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced in a press release Monday. That includes $1,715,740 for Floridians in the Jacksonville region.

Unclaimed property could include dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, stocks, dividends, uncashed checks, deposits, credit balances and refunds.

"There’s an estimated one in five chance that you have money just waiting to be claimed," Patronis said in the release. "It only takes a few minutes to search for unclaimed property and I encourage individuals and business owners to search right now at FLTreasureHunt.gov.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has returned more than $379 million, more than any other 13-month period in the program's 60-year history.

As of November 2020, the state of Florida had about $2 billion in unclaimed property. Last holiday season, Patronis re-launched the "Florida Holiday Money Hunt" to help return an estimated $145 million in unclaimed property for people in the Northeast Florida area, using the hash tag #FloridaHolidayMoneyHunt.

Click here to see if you have unclaimed property.

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