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Lucky fair-goer gets $55,000 in unclaimed cash

Posted October 19, 2012 5:28 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2012 6:16 p.m. EDT

State Treasurer Janet Cowell visited the North Carolina State Fair on Friday to give $55,000 in unclaimed cash to one lucky resident.

The check went to Jan Schnurr, who received the money from an unclaimed certificate of deposit set up for her by her mother years ago.

“My reaction was, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Schnurr said.

When she got the check, she realized she had forgotten all about the CD.

“I wish it were something I’d never known about," she said. "Then I’d really feel wealthy, I guess.”

There is more than $340 million in unclaimed property in the state, according to a statement from Cowell’s office.