Unclaimed Property Goes to the State Fair
For the seventh year in a row, our unclaimed property team will host a booth at the Mississippi State Fair to assist citizens in finding and reclaiming their unclaimed property. 

We have helped Fair-goers initiate more than 9,500 claims and collect nearly $12.8 million of their money over the past six years, and we are very excited to reunite more Mississippians with their money this year.

Unclaimed property specialists will be available in the Trademart building starting at 5 pm today, Wednesday, October 2 nd . The booth will be open from 11 am to 5 pm, with some evening hours as well, each day until the Fair ends on October 14.

Unclaimed property often comes from uncashed checks, forgotten refunds on utility deposits, or unknown insurance benefits. Through the Treasurer’s Office, the State acts as custodian for the funds until they can be reunited with their rightful owners. Since I took office in January 2012, I have helped Mississippians reunite with more than $100 million in unclaimed property.

At the Fair, our team will be available to help people search the State’s unclaimed property list and begin the claims process. The following materials will help to expedite claims:

  • Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID card, etc.)
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Proof of address (utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If the owner is deceased, bring the death certificate, will, obituary, or affidavit of death

Individuals can always check the State’s full listing at www.treasurerlynnfitch.com to see if the State has any money in their name, as well. It is constantly being updated.
College Savings Mississippi is Here to Help
Current student loan debt has now topped $1.5 trillion nationwide. A recent report from the Institute for College Access & Success reports that two out of every three students in the college graduating class of 2018 had student loans. Nationally, the average for those loans was $29,200. In Mississippi, the average debt was nearly $1000 more - $30,117.

We have just closed the books on September, which is celebrated nationwide as National College Savings Month and staggering statistics like these make it clear that it is never too late or too early to start setting money aside to help pay for your family’s education goals.

MACS (Mississippi Affordable College Savings) and MPACT (Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition) are Mississippi’s two State-sponsored college savings plans. With their tax-advantages, they help families stretch their savings dollar. And, every dollar you can set aside today is one less that your children may have to borrow tomorrow.

Learn more about both MACS and MPACT on my website and start saving today!
Office of the Mississippi State Treasurer
Post Office Box 138
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
P: 601.359.3600 / F: 601.359.2001