New millionaire from Essex in October’s jackpot draw

A female living in Essex

Bond Number: 56HH364824

Winning Bond bought in November 2000

Total holdings £ 30,000

For the October 2013 draw ERNIE paid out over 1.7 million prizes, together amounting to over £50 million in value. There were 46,358,032,188 eligible Bond numbers in the draw.

Prize and value breakdown in October 2013

Value of prizes Number of prizes
£1,000,000 1
£100,000 3
£50,000 6
£25,000 12
£10,000 31
£5,000 60
£1,000 803
£500 2,409
£100 12,118
£50 12,118
£25 1,755,440
Total prize fund value Total number of prizes
£50,221,200 1,783,001


In Essex there are over 716,000 Premium Bonds holdings worth more than £1.8 billion.

Unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes

Across the UK there are over 940,000 unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes worth more than £45 million. In Essex in particular, over 24,000 prizes worth more than £117,000 still remain unclaimed. There is a woman from the region who is still due to receive £10,000 after failing to claim her prize in a previous draw. She has £6,006 invested in Premium Bonds and the prize was won in December 2007.

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. 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 top unclaimed prizes in the Essex region:

Winning Bond Number Winner Month and Year of Draw Current Holding Balance Prize Value
83AN639150 Female December 2007 £6,006 £10,000
2LZ879618 Female August 1994 £25 £5,000
14XS489423 Male February 1996 £600 £5,000
9FP355670 Female October 2010 £65 £5,000
3CB560639 Female September 1986 £16 £1,000

Some of the oldest unclaimed prizes in the Essex region:

Winning Bond Number Winner Month and Year of Draw Current Holding Balance Prize Value
3AT735772 Male February 1964 £1 £25
2AP815673 Male October 1965 £1 £25
1AL241541 Male April 1966 £1 £25
AL828455 Male August 1967 £1 £25
4VW520121 Male November 1967 £130 £25


There is no time limit for claiming prizes. Premium Bonds investors can check to see if they have won by visiting and using the Premium Bonds prize checker on the homepage.

October’s prize fund rate and odds

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

Premium Bond facts

  • Since the first Premium Bonds prize draw in 1957, more than 280 million tax–free prizes worth approximately £14.7 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, as well as the sense of fun that comes from potentially winning tax-free 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 285th Premium 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 Follow us on Twitter: @NSIpressoffice.
  7. NS&I’s YouTube channel, including interviews with Agent Million, can be found at
  8. NS&I has a number of spokespeople available for interviews and our experienced media team is available via our ISDN line: 020 7828 5288.

Media team:

Chris Dowsett

020 7932 6644

Jonty Alone

020 7932 6633

Gareth Headon

020 7932 6611

Asia Manzoor

020 7932 6831

Lydia Goldman

020 7932 6727

Out of hours : All numbers above diverted to staff mobile phones.