The winner from Devon purchased the winning bond, with the number 517BL200634, sooner or later during October 2022. But this wasn’t the one winner scooping a prize from a bond purchased that month. It’s been announced a saver from South Gloucestershire is the lucky recipient of a £25,000 prize with the number 516KW677361, also bought in October 2022.
NS&I recently boosted its prize fund rate by 2.2 percent, which saw a staggering 4,977,130 prizes value £218,993,750 paid out during December’s draw, and two lucky winners of the million-pound jackpot have been announced.
The prize draw takes place at first of each month and winnings are split into three value bands – higher, medium, and lower. Each band receives a percentage share of the monthly prize fund.
Prizes in the upper band range from £1million (only two of those could be won) to £5,000, while the medium and lower bands award people the prospect to win between £1,000 and £500, and £100 and £25, respectively.
NS&I said this month’s lucky £1million jackpot winners hail from the Scottish Highlands and Wandsworth in London.
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The primary winning Bond number drawn was 414XW486235, owned by the winner within the Scottish Highlands, who holds £45,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased the winning Bond in September 2022. The win makes them the primary jackpot winner from the Highlands.
The second winning Bond number drawn was 159FZ477948, held by the winner from Wandsworth, who holds £29,042 in Premium Bonds and purchased their winning Bond in August 2009. They’re the second Premium Bonds millionaire from Wandsworth.
The Agent Million answerable for the Scottish Highlands delivery said: “It was the primary time that myself or any of the opposite Agents Million had made the journey from the house of Premium Bonds in Lytham to the Highlands of Scotland.
“It was a protracted trip up there, but it surely was value it for the enjoyment that our winner had once I told them that they’d won the £1million jackpot. I’m sure that our winner in Wandsworth might be equally delighted by this windfall win.”
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On the news, Jill Waters, NS&I retail director, said: “With over 4.9 million prizes up for grabs this month, value nearly £219million, Premium Bonds holders up and down the country might be getting a unbelievable early Christmas present from ERNIE ahead of the festivities kicking off.
“This Christmas, it’s also possible to give the gift of Premium Bonds to children and help kick start a healthy savings habit from just £25.”
NS&I Premium Bonds prize checker
Premium Bonds holders can check to see in the event that they’ve won a prize within the draw by utilizing the NS&I official prize checking tool, or their Alexa-enabled device from December 2.
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The most important unclaimed prize is value £1,000. The oldest unclaimed prize within the Scottish Highlands is from September 1969 and is value £25.
In Wandsworth, there are 20,622 unclaimed prizes with a complete value of £698,600. £5,000 is the most important unclaimed prize from the December 1977 prize draw. The oldest unclaimed prize is from November 1963 and is value £25.
The very best option to ensure prizes are claimed is for savers to opt to have them paid directly into their checking account or mechanically reinvested into more Premium Bonds. Savers can discover find out how to do that here.