Florida residents: You could have unclaimed money waiting for you

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — More than $1 billion worth of unclaimed property is waiting to be collected by its rightful owners throughout Florida.

That's right, you may have money to your name and not know it. 

Most of the unclaimed money comes from "dormant accounts in financial institutions, insurance and utility companies, securities and trust holdings," according to the Florida Department of Financial Services.

The best part about the unclaimed funds is that they never expire and can be claimed at any time at no cost. To see if you have unclaimed money or property, visit FLTreasureHunt.gov.

In addition to the unclaimed funds with the Florida Department of Financial Services, thousands of dollars are waiting to be claimed at your local clerk of court office.

Unlike with the Florida Department of Financial Services, the funds at the clerk of court offices must be claimed by a certain date otherwise they are forfeited and never see your bank account.

Click on your county below to see if you have money waiting to be claimed and when you must claim it by:

If you get lucky, you'll find your name and have a few extra bucks in your pocket.

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