April’s big Premium Bonds winners revealed
Two lucky Premium Bonds winners who scooped the £1m jackpot thought they were being wound up as part of April Fools’ Day.
The first millionaire from Hereford & Worcester saw their 117XT770430 number drawn. They held the maximum £50,000 in Premium Bonds and bought the winning bond in October 2006.
They are just the third lucky Premium Bonds winner from the area to scoop the £1m prize.
The second holder also had their winning number 112WT615892 for more than 15 years. They live in West Sussex and hold £49,995 in Premium Bonds, having bought the winning bond in July 2006.
Overall, NS&I said this latest win makes them the tenth Premium Bonds millionaire from West Sussex.
Jill Waters, NS&I retail director, said: “Congratulations to our Premium Bonds jackpot winners from Hereford & Worcester and West Sussex. Good things really do come to those who wait, as both of our winners bought their bonds over 15 years ago, and have now won the £1 million Premium Bonds jackpot.
“You can start sowing a regular savings habit this spring by investing in Premium Bonds from just £25. Customers can invest via bank transfer or they can set up a regular standing order.”
In total for April, NS&I revealed there were over 3.3 million prizes paid out, ranging between £25 and £100,000 with all winnings free of income tax and capital gains tax. The total value of prizes for the month stood at £97.6m.
ERNIE, the Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment, selects the Premium Bonds winners.
While the £1m jackpot winners are told on the first of the month, other prize winners can check the nsandi.com prize checker, app or via the Alexa device from Saturday 2 April. Customers will need their Premium Bonds holder number to check.
Prizes can be paid directly to bank accounts (nine in 10 opt for this method) or they can be reinvested into more Premium Bonds.
There were 117 billion bond numbers eligible for the draw. Since the first draw in June 1957, ERNIE has drawn 559 million prizes with a total value of £22.8bn.