March’s Premium Bonds prizes

Three is a magic number for Leicestershire, as new Premium Bonds holder strikes it lucky in Tyne & Wear

They say all good things come and in threes and this has proved true for Premium Bond holders in Leicestershire, as for the third time already this year, the county is toasting another Premium Bonds millionaire. The good news extends further north too as a man in Tyne and Wear is celebrating a £1 million windfall after buying the winning bond only eight months previously.

The man living in Leicestershire, has £25,075 invested in Premium Bonds and bought the winning Bond in December 2010 (Bond number: 176QW334158), while the man in Tyne and Wear, has £40,000 invested in Premium Bonds and bought the winning Bond in August 2015 (Bond number: 254MZ390454).

Tyne and Wear is now celebrating its eighth Premium Bonds jackpot winner, but it’s first in just over 18 months, while the county of Leicestershire sees its fifth winner (NB. January 2016 winners were from the city of Leicester), with the region last celebrating such success in December 2013.

This month’s jackpot winners continue the ‘three’ theme by becoming ERNIE’S 333rd and 334th Premium Bonds millionaires.

Alun Williams, NS&I Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications, said;

“While Leicestershire’s excellent winning streak has continued, it is also fantastic that the jackpot winner from Tyne & Wear has only had the winning Bond invested for eight months. We hope that recent investors in Premium Bonds are inspired by this month’s draw, and we remind all Premium Bond holders that every Bond number has the same chance of winning a prize regardless of when it was purchased.”

If you haven’t won this month, you could be one of the many Premium Bond holders with an unclaimed prize. In the county of Leicestershire, there are 13,001 unclaimed prizes waiting for their owners, worth over £500,000. There are five £1,000 prizes waiting to be claimed, and a £25 prize dating back to August 1964. In Tyne & Wear however, a prize worth £10,000 lies unclaimed, with a holding of only £320. A total of 11,996 prizes remain unclaimed in Tyne & Wear, also totalling over £500,000.

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

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.

For the March 2016 prize draw ERNIE paid out over 2.3 million prizes of more than £67 million in value. There were 60,075,458,782 eligible Bond numbers in the draw.

This brings the grand total of prizes since the first draw in June 1957 to 338 million and the value of those prizes to £16.4 billion.

Prize and value breakdown in March 2016

Value of prize Number of prizes
£1,000,000 2
£100,000 5
£50,000 12
£25,000 22
£10,000 53
£5,000 110
£1,000 1,352
£500 4,056
£100 18,503
£50 18,503
£25 2,267,978
Total prize fund value £67,584,900 Total number of prizes 2,310,596

Notes to Editors

  1. All Premium Bonds prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax
  2. This month’s jackpot winners become ERNIE’S 333rd and 334th Premium Bonds millionaires.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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