July Premium Bonds: have you won the £1m jackpot?
This month’s lucky Premium Bonds holders become the 389th and 390th winners of the top £1m prize.
Premium Bonds offered by the government-backed National Savings & Investments (NS&I) are the UK’s most popular savings product. Each £1 bond is entered into a monthly draw, with two lucky bondholders bagging £1m each.
However, there are a host of other prizes too, ranging in size from £25 to £100,000. In total for the July draw, more than three million prizes will be paid out, worth more than £88m. See YourMoney’s Premium Bonds guide for more information.
Have you won the life-changing sum?
A man from Suffolk currently holds the maximum £50,000 Premium Bonds after topping up his £40,000 holdings invested only in June 2017.
But 11 months on, this man has scooped the £1m prize with the winning bond number: 305QA758516.
The other man from South West Wales bought the winning bond in March 2010. The number to check is 166LV246433.
Jill Waters, NS&I’s retail director, said: “We want to make sure that all those winning prizes get to experience that special moment, but Premium Bonds prizes may go unclaimed as a result of not informing NS&I of changes to personal circumstances. This can be a change in contact or address details or if Premium Bonds were bought as a child and the customer has subsequently lost track of them, so it’s important to keep up up-to-date of any changes.”
If you’ve won the big jackpot, ‘agent million’ turns up at your door to let you know the good news. But for the thousands of other winners, they may not even know they’ve bagged a prize.
There are currently just under 1.5 million Premium Bonds prizes worth more than £59m that remain unclaimed.
There are over 13,000 unclaimed prizes in Suffolk, with one £25 prize dating back to May 1967.
There are also nine unclaimed prizes worth £1,000 each, with one dating back to May 1986. This was won by a Premium Bond holder who had just £3 invested.
In South West Wales, there are over 8,500 unclaimed prizes worth £300,000, dating back to October 1965.
You can check the Premium Bonds prize checker on the NS&I site or you can write to NS&I, quoting your name and address, any former names and addresses, date of birth and your Premium Bonds holder’s number (if known) and it will search to see if you’re a lucky recipient.
To keep track, you can opt to have prizes paid directly to your bank account, or to have the prizes auto-reinvested to be eligible for the next Premium Bonds draw, as long as the total is below the maximum threshold of £50,000.