New millionaire from London in April’s jackpot draw

 April’s Premium Bond millionaire

  • A man living in London
  • Bond Number: 22SF246026
  • Winning Bond bought in August 1989
  • Total holdings £ 575

For the April 2013 draw ERNIE paid out over 1.8 million prizes, together amounting to over £56 million in value. There were 44,970,424,197 eligible Bond numbers in the draw.

Prize and value breakdown in April 2013

Value of prizes Number of prizes
£1,000,000 1
£100,000 5
£50,000 9
£25,000 19
£10,000 47
£5,000 96
£1,000 1,123
£500 3,369
£100 33,030
£50 33,030
£25 1,803,041
Total prize fund value Total number of prizes
£56,213,025 1,873,770

In London there are 754,951 Premium Bonds holdings worth more than £1.3 billion.

Unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes

Across the UK there are over 898,000 unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes worth more than £44 million. In London in particular, over 72,000 prizes worth more than £3 million still remain unclaimed.  There is a man from the region who is still due to receive £25,000 after failing to claim his prize in a previous draw. He has just £50 invested in Premium Bonds and the prize was won in October 1991.

There are a number of other unclaimed prizes due to the residents of London, the oldest of these outstanding prizes having been drawn in June 1960.  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 London region:

Winning Bond Number Winner Month and Year of Draw Current Holding Balance Prize Value
1JK051177 Male October 1991 £50 £25,000
49VB300010 Male March 2006 £100 £10,000
41HK914566 Male May 2008 £30,000 £10,000
3EL224436 Male October 1975 £10 £5,000
SK744260 Female December 1977 £95 £5,000


Some of the oldest unclaimed prizes in the London region:

Winning Bond Number Winner Month and Year of Draw Current Holding Balance Prize Value
AK956009 Male June 1960 £7 £100
BN124135 Female July 1960 £2 £25
BB407285 Female July 1961 £2 £25
DN092051 Male August 1962 £4 £25
2KK013888 Female December 1962 £13 £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.

April’s prize fund rate and odds

The Premium Bonds prize fund rate is 1.5% and the odds of each individual Bond number winning a prize are 24,000 to 1.

Premium Bond facts

  • Since the first Premium Bonds prize draw in 1957, more than  270 million tax–free prizes worth approximately £14.4 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.
  • Cash investments into Premium Bonds over the Post Office counter will end from 1 April 2013. Savers can still invest in Premium Bonds by cheque and debit card at the Post Office or directly from NS&I by post, phone (see note 5), online at or standing order.
  • 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.
  • As at March 2013, customers have over 23 million holdings in Premium Bonds totalling more than £44 billion. Prizes range from £25 to £1 million.

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 279th Premium Bond millionaire.
  3. Unclaimed Premium Bond 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.