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Local doctor owed thousands in IA Treasure Hunt

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Millions of dollars in cash and property are waiting to be claimed by Iowans.

The state is holding it and KWWL has been helping people in our area get what belongs to them.

We located a Waterloo doctor happy to use the unexpected cash as a sort of tribute to his father.

Mike Coons has been an optometrist in the Cedar Valley for nearly 30 years.

We showed up where he works at Cedar Valley Eye Care to share some good news with him.

The state is holding some $2,600 of his money--just waiting to be claimed.

"We knew we had money in there but every time we tried to get it, something always comes up," he said.

We printed the forms he needs to submit.  And anyone owed money can do the same through the state's website.

As for Coons, he plans to split the money between his four children.

It's a move of generosity he learned from his father.

Dr. Coons: "My dad was that way, so."

Tara: "So that's just part of passing it on?"

Dr. Coons: "Yeah."

Mention of his deceased loved one caused Doctor Coons to tear up.

But his staff has a light-hearted response to talk of unexpected money.

Staff: "I wanna be that person. Not fair. That's exciting. It is exciting."

Tara: "So any suggestions on what he should do with the money?"

Staff: "He should share it with us, of course! maybe bring dinner, ice cream. There you go. Ice cream's good!"

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