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Where do unused gift cards go? Thousands of Missourians have unclaimed property

Dec 26, 2015

Thousands of Missourians have leftover gifts to reclaim from the state treasurer’s office this holiday season.

According to Treasurer Clint Zweifel, the state is holding nearly $9 million worth of gift cards and gift certificates that have been dormant for at least five years.

“We all know what it’s like during the holiday season. You get gifts; you get gift cards. You set them aside; you might forget about them,” he said. “Or you might lose them in the travels that you have. We’ve returned $145,000 this year alone in gift cards.”

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About one in 10 Missourians have claims to make with the treasurer’s office, which holds about $927 million worth of property, said Zweifel. In 2014, the state returned about $40 million in property to their original owners or heirs. Zweifel said the average claim is about $300.  

Anyone who might have a claim can search the state’s online database at www.ShowMeMoney.com