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05/10/2006

The name of the game could be your name. Janae Houghton looks at what the top premium bond prize winners are called

If your name happens to be Matthew, Adam, Daniel or Claire, then congratulations, you have the luckiest names in the country.

According to research by National Savings and Investments (NS&I), people with these four names have been the luckiest at winning top Premium Bond prizes of £500 and above for the past year.

Over the past two years it has been the girls with the luckier names, but this year has seen the boys strike it rich in the top spots. However, girls’ names still dominate most of the list. Matthew, Adam and Daniel are this year’s top three, with Claire, Caroline, Victoria, Rachel, Julie, Emma and Anna making up the top 10.

Matthew was a surprise at the top, as last year it only featured at 53rd on the list and Adam was another dark horse, after failing to even make an appearance in previous years.

Females with the name Hannah can’t be blamed for feeling a little down on their luck this year after failing to make the top 10. Last year girls called Hannah were the most fortunate in the country, coming in at number one and the year before, in third spot.

Last year’s top luckiest names were Hannah, Philippa and Benjamin.

Karen Jones, NS&I marketing director, encourages anyone who invests in Premium Bonds to take part in the random draw. “Over the past year certain names have been especially lucky at winning top prizes,” sahe says. “ But because the draw is random, whatever your name, anyone who invests in Premium Bonds has a chance to win any of the millions plus prizes worth approximately £70m we give away each month.’’

Premium Bonds were launched in 1956 and millions of prizes worth £7.8bn have been won.

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