Have you won in the January Premium Bonds draw?
The first bond number drawn was 258VJ570205 and belongs to a winner in Hertfordshire. The jackpot winner holds £50,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased the winning bond in October 2015. They are the 14th millionaire chosen by ERNIE from Hertfordshire.
The second bond number drawn was 127VF630970 and the winner comes from Lancashire. The winner holds £30,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased their winning bond in May 2007. They become the 14th Premium Bonds millionaire from Lancashire and the second jackpot winner from the county in consecutive months.
Aside from the two new millionaires, there were more than 3.3 million other prizes paid out this month worth between £25 and £100,000.
For those unfamiliar with Premium bonds, two £1m jackpots are paid out each month, then the rest of the prize fund is share allocated to the higher value band equally among the remaining prize values. Six prizes of £100,000 are paid out, 10 at £50,000 and so on down to 100 at £5,000.
ERNIE, the Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment, selects the premium bonds winners. It has generated the numbers for 542 million tax-free prizes worth approximately £22.3bn since June 1957.
Premium Bonds customers can add to their Premium Bonds holding quickly and securely, for themselves or their child via bank transfer. To start the New Year, customers can also set up a regular standing order which can create a regular savings habit. By topping up regularly each month, customers are giving themselves further chances to win prizes each month.
Customers can choose to have their prizes paid directly to their bank account or have their wins automatically reinvested into more Premium Bonds. By having them paid directly it reduces the number of prizes that go unclaimed. Almost nine in 10 prizes are now paid using these options which are quicker, easier and more secure than receiving them via cheque.
Premium Bonds holders can check to see if they have won a prize in January’s prize draw, by using the nsandi.com prize checker, official prize checker app or their Alexa-enabled device from Wednesday 5 January 2022.
Customers will need their Premium Bonds holder’s number to use the website and their NS&I number or holder’s number to check via the prize checker app. At the same time, they can check for any unclaimed prizes owed to them.
Jill Waters, NS&I retail director, said: “A massive congratulations to our Premium Bonds jackpot winners in Hertfordshire and Lancashire. It’s a brilliant start to the New Year and we wish them all the best for 2022 and beyond.
“We would like to wish all of our customers a Happy New Year, with the start of 2022 being the perfect time to start a new savings habit. Customers can invest in Premium Bonds from just £25 and can even set up a standing order via their bank to help them save regularly and build up a savings pot.”
In the January 2022 prize draw, a total of 3,352,872 prizes worth £96,395,075 will be paid out. There were 115,674,095,010 bond numbers eligible for the draw.