April’s Premium Bonds prizes
Ladies have the luck from North to South as new Premium Bonds millionaires are made
ERNIE is definitely testing Agent Million this month, who will be travelling from Scotland to the South West to deliver good news to two new Premium Bond millionaires. Two lucky women – one in Devon and one in Mid Scotland and Fife – are this month’s Premium Bonds jackpot prize winners.
In Devon, the winner has £21,008 invested in Premium Bonds and bought the winning Bond in June 2009 (Bond number: 156TA530227), while the lucky jackpot winner from Mid Scotland and Fife, has £29,998 invested and purchased the winning Bond back in December 2008 (Bond number: 148NB758264).
This is ‘eleventh heaven’ for Devon but it is only the second time that Ernie has made a Mid Scotland and Fife Bond holder a millionaire – the last jackpot winner from the area coming just over a decade ago, in March 2006.
Jill Waters, NS&I’s Retail Director, said: “We are delighted to bring good news back to Mid Scotland and Fife after ten years of last delivering the jackpot prize to the area, and while Devon is well-trodden path for Agent Million, it is always worth making someone’s day, week, month or year.”
Devon is home to another big winner but they may be unaware. A man from the region has an unclaimed prize of £25,000 from just a £20 Premium Bonds holding. The prize was won in the May 2014 draw and the Bond number was 5EP562961.
Premium Bond prizes may become unclaimed as a result of NS&I not being informed of changes to your personal circumstances, such as a change in contact details or if Premium Bonds were bought for you as a child and you have subsequently lost track of them. It is important therefore, to keep NS&I up to date if anything changes.
Premium Bonds holders can also reduce the chance of their prizes becoming unclaimed by registering to have any prizes paid directly into their bank account (with notification by email). Importantly, there is no time limit for claiming prizes, with the oldest prize that remains unclaimed being drawn in November 1957 to the value of £25.
In fact, there are many 1.2 million unclaimed Premium Bond prizes across the country worth more than £51.9 million. In Devon, there are a total of 18,798 unclaimed prizes, worth over £778,000. The oldest prize is due to a woman in the county, and dates back to February 1965, worth £25. In Mid Scotland and Fife, a total of 4,208 prizes remain unclaimed, totalling over £182,000. The top unclaimed prize is £1,000, while the oldest – owed to man in the area – was won in April 1966 and worth £25.
Jill Waters, NS&I’s Retail Director, continued: “As we often see, there are a number of prizes owed to Premium Bonds holders, including those with very little money invested, that have become unclaimed over the years. We are encouraging Premium Bond holders to opt to manage their Premium Bonds online and sign up to have their prizes to be paid directly into their bank account to avoid missing out on prizes in the future.”
“Every £1 Bond has a unique number, and has the same chance of winning a prize regardless of when or where it was purchased. All Premium Bond prizes are tax-free, and all money invested in NS&I is 100% backed by HM Treasury.”
Premium Bonds holders can keep track of their prizes by using the NS&I Premium Bonds prize checker app, which is free to download, and lets customers check if they’ve won a prize in the past six months. Customers can also check if they have won a prize by using the Premium Bonds prize checker on nsandi.com
This month’s millionaires are ERNIE’s 335th and 336th Premium Bonds jackpot winners.
For the April 2016 prize draw ERNIE paid out over 2.3 million prizes of more than £68 million in value. There were 60,498,443,619 eligible Bond numbers in the draw.
This brings the grand total of prizes since the first draw in June 1957 to 340 million and the value of those prizes to £16.5 billion.
Prize and value breakdown in April 2016
|Value of prize||Number of prizes|
|Total prize fund value £68,060,750||Total number of prizes 2,326,865|
From 1 June 2016, the prize fund rate on Premium Bonds is being reduced from 1.35% to 1.25%. See more information here.
Notes to Editors
- All Premium Bonds prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax
- This month’s jackpot winners become ERNIE’S 335th and 336th Premium Bonds millionaires.
- The annual Premium Bonds prize fund rate is currently 1.35% and the odds of each individual Bond number winning a prize are 26,000 to 1. This will be changing on 1 June, the prize fund rate will then become 1.25% and the odds of each individual Bond number winning a prize will be 30,000 to 1.
- 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.
- Pictures of ERNIE (including the new ERNIE 4 machine), NS&I’s Agent Millions and people buying Premium Bonds are available in high-resolution jpeg format from the NS&I media team.
- Customers can buy Premium Bonds online at nsandi.com and 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.
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