New millionaire from Essex in July’s jackpot draw

July’s Premium Bonds millionaire

  • A female living in Essex
  • Bond number: 193CD662149
  • Winning Bond bought in May 2012
  • Total holdings £27,575

For the July 2014 draw ERNIE paid out over 1.8 million prizes, together amounting to over £51 million in value. There were 47,989,326,861 eligible Bond numbers in the draw. In Essex there are over 714,000 Premium Bonds holdings worth more than £1.9 billion.

Prize and value breakdown in July 2014

Value of prizes Number of prizes
£1,000,000 1
£100,000 3
£50,000 7
£25,000 12
£10,000 33
£5,000 64
£1,000 831
£500 2,493
£100 12,534
£50 12,534
£25 1,817,233
Total prize fund value
£51,988,425
Total number of prizes
1,845,745

July’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 Essex in particular there are over 26,000 prizes worth more than £1,171,000 that still remain unclaimed. There is a woman from the region who is still due to receive £5,000 after failing to claim her prize in a previous draw. She has just £25 invested in Premium Bonds and the prize was won in August 1994.

There are a number of other unclaimed prizes due to the residents of Essex, the oldest of these outstanding prizes having been drawn in February 1964. 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: http://www.nsandi.com/register

Some of the highest unclaimed prizes in Essex

Winning Bond number Winner Month and year of draw Current holding balance Prize value
83AN639150 Female Dec-07 £6,006 £10,000
2LZ879618 Female Aug-94 £25 £5,000
14XS489423 Male Feb-96 £600 £5,000
9FP355670 Female Oct-10 £65 £5,000
3CB560639 Female Sep-86 £16 £1,000

Some of the oldest unclaimed prizes in Essex

Winning Bond number Winner Month and year of draw Current holding balance Prize value
3AT735772 Male Feb-64 £1 £25
2AP815673 Male Oct-65 £1 £25
1AL241541 Male Apr-66 £1 £25
AL828455 Male Aug-67 £1 £25
4VW520121 Male Nov-67 £130 £25

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: http://www.nsandi.com/mobile

Premium Bonds customers can also check to see if they have won by visiting nsandi.com 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 Bond 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 nsandi.com 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 Essex, 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 can also be viewed here.

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 294thPremium Bond 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 nsandi.com. 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.