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June Premium Bonds jackpot winners revealed

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

This week, Brits up and down the country will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. But for two lucky Premium Bonds holders, they’ve more reason for joy as they’ve scooped one million pounds.

The first Premium Bonds winner is from Essex after their number 281YT705546 was drawn. They held a modest £10,001 in Premium Bonds and bought the winning bond in September 2016.

They become the nineteenth millionaire from Essex.

Meanwhile, the second jackpot winner comes from Kirklees and their bond 464SG223887 was drawn at random by ERNIE (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment) which is 65 years old today.

The holder has the maximum £50,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased their winning bond number in July 2021. They are just the second millionaire bond winner from the area.

As well as this week marking the Queen’s Jubilee and ERNIE’s 65th birthday, the June draw also gave Premium Bonds holders a greater chance of winning. This is because NS&I changed the odds of winning from 34,500-to-one, to 24,500-to-one.

As such, an extra 1.4 million prizes worth £40m will be paid out this month. While the millionaire’s are notified on the first working day of the month, for everyone else, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out if you’re one of the 4.8 million Premium Bonds winners. There were 118 billion numbers eligible for the draw.

To check if you’ve won between £25 and £100,000 in the June draw, see the NS&I prize checker, the prize checker app or via an Alexa-enabled device from Thursday 2 June.

You’ll need your Premium Bonds holder number to check, and you can also see if you have any unclaimed prizes.

Since the first draw in June 1957, ERNIE has drawn 567 million prizes worth £23bn. As of today, the current annual Premium Bonds prize fund rate is 1.4%.

‘Thrill of saving’

Jill Waters, NS&I Retail Director, said: “There are so many reasons to celebrate Premium Bonds this month. Firstly, we were pleased to announce the increase of Premium Bonds prize fund rate from 1% to 1.40%, effective from this month’s draw, which will see an extra 1.4 million prizes paid out.

“The 65th anniversary of ERNIE’s first draw is also a momentous occasion. The thrill of saving with Premium Bonds is still as present today as it was in 1957 and I am sure that is something our two jackpot winners from Essex and Kirklees would agree with.

“Premium Bonds have really changed over the years, with the first draw having 23,142 prizes and this month’s draw seeing a total of 4,823,067 prizes – a record number for a Premium Bonds prize draw. Happy Birthday, ERNIE – here’s to another 65 years of Premium Bonds.”