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NS&I boosts rates on Premium Bonds with more £100k and £50k prizes up for grabs

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NS&I boosts Premium Bonds rate to beat the highest easy-access accounts with nearly twice as many £100k and £50k prizes up for grabs

  • Monthly odds of winning from £1 to go from 24,500 to 1 to 24,000 to 1
  • Boost is predicted so as to add £76m to the prize fund for October
  • Variety of £100,000 prizes as much as 18 from 10; £50k as much as 35 from 20  
  • Greater than 22 million people hold Premium Bonds 

National Savings & Investments is increasing the variety of Premium Bond prizes it pays out every month, boosting its 22million savers’ probabilities of winning.

Hundreds of thousands of kilos more in Premium Bonds prizes shall be up for grabs from next month as NS&I increases the prize fund rate from 1.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent. 

This beats the highest easy-access savings rate within the independent That is Money savings tables of two.1 per cent. 

 Prize boost: Hundreds of thousands of kilos more in Premium Bonds prizes shall be up for grabs from next month.

From next month, the monthly odds of winning for each £1 in Premium Bonds will improve from 24,500 to 1 to 24,000 to 1, adding an expected £76million to the prize fund for October.

It will swell from nearly £139million in September, to £218million within the October draw. 

The changes will see the variety of £5,000, £10,000, £25,000, £50,000 and £100,000 prizes almost double. 

Notably, there shall be 18 £100,000 prizes from 10 in September, and 35 £50,000 prizes, up from 20.  

There may also be 19 times’ as many £50 and £100 prizes paid out from October, while there shall be 1.3million fewer £25 prizes.

That is the second time NS&I even have hiked the prize fund rate this 12 months. 

It previously increased the prize fund rate on Premium Bonds from 1 per cent to 1.4 per cent in June. The chances at the moment modified from 34,500 to 1 to 24,500 to 1.  

Up until that time, NS&I had held the quantity it paid out in monthly prizes at 1 per cent, despite the bottom rate having risen tenfold during that point – from 0.1 per cent to 1 per cent.

Since then, the Bank of England has increased the bottom rate by 1.25 percentage points from 1 per cent to 2.25 per cent.

It’s value noting that when NS&I previously boosted the fund rate to 1.4 per cent, roughly 4.775million of the entire 4.86million prizes to be awarded were for £25.

Now, the variety of £25 prizes is reducing to an estimated 3.5 million out of what’s now almost 5million in prizes in total.

The remaining 1.5 million prizes will range between £50 and and £1million.

Premium Bonds prizes: September 2022 vs October 2022

Value of prizes in September 2022Variety of prizes in September 2022Value of prizes in October 2022 (estimated)Variety of prizes in October 2022 (estimated)
£1,000,0002£1,000,0002
£100,00010£100,00018
£50,00020£50,00035
£25,00039£25,00072
£10,00098£10,000178
£5,000199£5,000357
£1,0002,779£1,0004,364
£5008,337£50013,092
£10038,137£100728,737
£5038,137£50728,737
£254,774,798£253,484,716
Total:TotalTotalTotal
£138,988,0004,862,556£218,253,4504,960,308

When it comes to winning one in every of the 2 £1million jackpots – bond holders probabilities will remain incredibly distant.

In response to data scientist, Andrew Zelin, those that invest £1,000 into Premium Bonds currently must wait 3.2million years for a 50:50 probability of pocketing the highest £1million prize.

Ian Ackerley, chief executive of NS&I said: ‘With over 22million holders, Premium Bonds are the nation’s favourite savings product and are more popular than ever. 

‘It’s great to have the opportunity to extend the prize pot and provides our customers more probabilities every month to win tax-free prizes.

‘That is the second increase to the Premium Bonds prize fund rate that we have now made in lower than six months. 

‘These changes have helped us make sure that Premium Bonds remain attractive, while also ensuring that we proceed to balance the interests of savers, taxpayers and the broader financial services sector.’

Premium Bonds celebrated 65 years for the reason that first draw earlier this 12 months – it was made in June 1957.

The primary bonds were available to buy in November 1956 for that draw. Listed below are 65 facts you may not find out about Britain’s most loved savings product…

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