Premium Bonds: Expert discusses chances of winning prize draw
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NS&I announced the June prize draw winners yesterday and has since updated its prize checker app. Savers can now check to see if they’ve scooped a prize ranging from £25 up to £1million.
The first winning bond, 281YT705546, was purchased in September 2016 by someone from Essex, who holds £10,001 in Premium Bonds.
June’s second millionaire lives in Kirklees, and holds the maximum of £50,000 in Bonds with the winning Bond number 464SG223887.
This was only purchased 11 months ago – back in July 2021.
A record total of 4,823,067 prizes have been paid out in the June draw – the 65th anniversary of the very first prize draw.
As well as the two £1million bond winners, there are 10 winners of £100,000 and 19 people who have won £50,000.
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Meanwhile, 39 people have also won £25,000, 99 people have won £10,000 and 196 have won £5,000.
The total prize money paid out by National Savings and Investments (NS&I) in the 65 years since the very first draw in June 1957 comes to £23billion.
People can check the app to see if they’ve won a prize in the June draw or any month during the last 65 years.
Typically, winners are informed but if they moved address they may have an unclaimed prize waiting for them.
When the first Premium Bonds prize draw was held in June 1957, the jackpot was just £1,000 instead of £1million.
Jill Waters, NS&I Retail Director, said there are many reasons to celebrate Premium Bonds this month.
She said: “Firstly, we were pleased to announce the increase of Premium Bonds prize fund rate from one percent to 1.40 percent, effective from this month’s draw, which will see an extra 1.4 million prizes paid out.
“The 65th anniversary of ERNIE’s first draw is also a momentous occasion.”
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Ms Waters continued: “The thrill of saving with Premium Bonds is still as present today as it was in 1957 and I am sure that is something our two jackpot winners from Essex and Kirklees would agree with.
“Premium Bonds have really changed over the years, with the first draw having 23,142 prizes and this month’s draw seeing a total of 4,823,067 prizes – a record number for a Premium Bonds prize draw.”
Premium Bonds holders can use the NS&I prize checker online, the official app or their Alexa-enabled device from today to find out if they have won a prize.
Britons are urged to check if they have won anything as there is an estimated £74million left in unclaimed Premium Bond prizes.
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