Unclaimed Treasures

Alabama doesn't have a lottery, but a person could bring up a government website and find himself 17 cents in dividends, or hundreds of dollars in money long forgotten -- all free, if their claim is true. Young Boozer, the Alabama state treasurer, said there is a lot to look for on the state's unclaimed property site. Some of the booty in the state's vault includes gold, silver certificates and even a gold medal. The site allows people to make claims on assets forgotten. The state treasurer is in care of about $560 million in assets. It sounds like a lot, but Boozer said the number built up because of about 5.2 million transactions over time.

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