Great Florida Treasure Hunt

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) One in five Floridians has something of value that has gone unclaimed. It is now in the state's hands.

There are seven million accounts totaling just shy of 2 billion dollars.

The items could be an uncashed paycheck, a lost utility deposit, or jewelry left in a forgotten safety deposit box.

After property sits unclaimed in a bank account for up to five years, it's forwarded to the state and deposited in the state school fund.

But it's always yours for the claiming. You can find out if you left something unclaimed by going to

Between 2016 and 2017 the state returned $313 million the most in the programs 56 year history, back to Floridians.

But don't worry. Even if grandma's jeweled watch has already been auctioned off, you are still entitled to the cash from the sale.

This year two auctions will be held. The first is at the end of July, which means you only have a few weeks to find out if the state is holding something of yours that could soon be sold.