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Happy Birthday Premium Bonds! Winner scoops £1m after buying lucky number in 2020

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

Two Premium Bonds holders have scooped the life-changing £1m jackpot this June – 66 years since the first prize draw – with one lucky saver having bought the winning number less than three years ago.

The first of the two new Premium Bonds millionaires hails from Essex and holds £42,050.

They bought their winning bond – 083TX260795 – in July 2005. This win makes them the 21st millionaire from Essex.

The second winner is based in South Gloucestershire and they hold the maximum £50,000 in the popular NS&I product.

But, they scooped the life-changing sum after only buying the winning bond – 429WV622861 – in December 2020. They become just the third winner from South Gloucestershire.

Another lucky holder from West Midlands – with just £3,000 – has scooped £100,000, while another from Leeds with just £2,600 has bagged £100,000 after buying the winning number in July 1994.

Happy Birthday Premium Bonds!

Today marks a special day for Premium Bonds as the first prize draw took place on 1 June 1957 – 66 years ago.

Jill Waters, NS&I retail director, said: “Happy Birthday to Premium Bonds and a massive congratulations to our two millionaires from Essex and South Gloucestershire – we hope they each enjoy the jackpot, which has come just in time to book a summer getaway to remember.

“Since ERNIE turned 65 last June, we’ve increased the prize fund rate five times, giving Premium Bonds customers more chances to win each month. Premium Bonds remain one of the most popular ways to save, with the number of eligible Bonds increasing from over 118 billion in June 2022 to more than 121 billion in this month’s prize draw.”

Check to see if you’re a June Premium Bonds winner

While the jackpot winners find out on the first working day of the month, for everyone else, you can check if you have won a prize in June’s draw by using the prize checker, official prize checker app or an Alexa-enabled device from Friday 2 June 2023.

To check, customers will need their Premium Bonds holder’s number to use the website and the NS&I number or holder’s number to check via the prize checker app. At the same time, you can check for any unclaimed prizes.

However, you can get a sneak peek of the ‘high value winners’  (above £5,000) here today, which gives the prize value, the winning bond number, the holding, area and the date the winning bond number was purchased.

In the June prize draw, a total of 5,061,328 prizes worth £334m will be paid out.

There were 121.4 billion bond numbers eligible for the draw. Since the first draw in June 1957, ERNIE (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment) has drawn 626 million prizes with a total value of £26bn.

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