New millionaire from the Local Authority of County Durham in April’s jackpot draw

2 April 2014

April’s Premium Bonds millionaire

  • A male living in the Local Authority of County Durham
  • Bond number: 186XG471615
  • Winning Bond bought in November 2011
  • Total holdings £1,000

For the April 2014 draw ERNIE paid out over 1.8 million prizes, together amounting to over £51 million in value. There were 47,485,235,758 eligible Bond numbers in the draw. In the County of Durham there are over 190,000 Premium Bonds holdings worth more than £300 million.

Prize and value breakdown in April 2014

Value of prizes Number of prizes
£1,000,000 1
£100,000 3
£50,000 7
£25,000 12
£10,000 31
£5,000 62
£1,000 823
£500 2,469
£100 12,411
£50 12,411
£25 1,798,128
Total prize fund value
Total number of prizes

April’s prize fund rate and odds

The annual Premium Bonds prize fund rate is currently 1.30% and the odds of each individual Bond number winning a prize are 26,000 to 1.

Unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes

Across the UK there are over 1 million unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes worth more than £46 million. In the County of Durham in particular there are over 5,000 prizes worth more than £240,000 that still remain unclaimed. There is a man from the region who is still due to receive £1,000 after failing to claim his prize in a previous draw. He has just £2 invested in Premium Bonds and the prize was won in September 1979.

There are a number of other unclaimed prizes due to the residents of the County of Durham, the oldest of these outstanding prizes having been drawn in May 1973. There is no time limit for claiming prizes, and Premium Bonds holders can reduce the chances of their prizes becoming unclaimed by managing their Premium Bonds online or opting to have any prizes paid directly into their bank accounts by BACS, with notification by email. To sign up, holders should visit:

Some of the highest unclaimed prizes in the County of Durham

Winning Bond number Winner Month and year of draw Current holding balance Prize value
8BZ187578 Male Sep-79 £2.00 £1,000.00
CK973754 Female Feb-87 £3.00 £1,000.00
5BL899483 Female May-92 £3.00 £1,000.00
5DB419989 Female Oct-95 £18.00 £1,000.00
1EK623862 Male Feb-99 £5.00 £1,000.00


Some of the oldest unclaimed prizes in the County of Durham

Winning Bond number Winner Month and year of draw Current holding balance Prize value
1VP224105 Male May-73 £100.00 £25.00
4AP134263 Male Apr-74 £1.00 £25.00
2DZ767244 Female Jun-74 £9.00 £25.00
CS613224 Male Mar-75 £3.00 £25.00
2AB026032 Male Jul-75 £2.00 £25.00

Keeping track of Premium Bonds

The NS&I Premium Bonds prize checker app is a quick and easy way for customers to check whether they have won a Premium Bonds prize. This is the official prize checker app from NS&I, and it’s free to download. It lets customers check whether they’ve won a prize in this month’s draw, or in the previous six months. They can also check if they have any unclaimed prizes waiting for them. For more details, visit:

Premium Bonds customers can also check to see if they have won by visiting and using the Premium Bonds prize checker on the homepage.

Further information about managing Premium Bonds can also be found on NS&I’s YouTube channel , which also provides impartial tips on making the most of your money, interviews with industry experts and information about managing your finances online.

Premium Bonds facts

Since the first Premium Bonds prize draw in 1957, over 290 million tax–free prizes worth approximately £15 billion have been paid out.

Premium Bonds are an investment where, instead of interest payments, investors have the chance to win tax-free prizes. They were officially launched by Harold Macmillan, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his 1956 Budget.

Savers can invest in Premium Bonds directly from NS&I by post, phone (see note 5), online at or standing order, or by cheque and debit card at the Post Office.

Premium Bonds offer investors 100% capital security, backed by HM Treasury, making them a risk-free investment with the added excitement of potentially winning tax-free prizes ranging from £25 to £1 million.

Each month NS&I’s Agent Million travels to the region of the lucky Premium Bonds jackpot prize winner, this month the Local Authority of County Durham, to personally deliver the good news that they are now a millionaire!

Interviews with Agent Million about their unique role and what it is like to deliver £1 million Premium Bonds prizes

Notes to Editors

  1. All Premium Bonds prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax.
  2. The jackpot winner becomes ERNIE’S 291st Premium Bonds millionaire.
  3. Unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes are defined as prizes over 18 months that have not been paid out (cashed). Addresses held for customers with unclaimed prizes might not be the current residential address of the customer.
  4. Pictures of ERNIE (including the new ERNIE 4 machine), Agent Million and people buying Premium Bonds are available in high-resolution jpeg format from the NS&I media team.
  5. Customers can buy Premium Bonds over the phone by calling 0500 500 000. This is a free phone number but calls from mobiles and some landline providers may be chargeable. Telephone calls may be recorded.
  6. Further information on NS&I (National Savings and Investments), including press releases and product information, is available on the website at . Follow us on Twitter: @NSIpressoffice
  7. NS&I has a number of spokespeople available for interviews and our experienced media team is available via our ISDN line: 020 7828 5288.