- A man from Northumberland is the first person from the county to win the Premium Bonds £1 million jackpot
- Every county in England now has at least one £1 million jackpot winner*
- The winner from Nottingham has the 10th-longest-held jackpot-winning Bond
- The pair are the 369th and 370th Premium Bonds £1 million jackpot winners
One of the two newest members of the Premium Bonds millionaires club from this month’s draw, is a man from Northumberland – the first person from the county to win the £1 million jackpot since it was introduced in April 1994.
The other winner in September’s draw is a man from Nottingham, whose winning Bond is among one of the longest-held to generate one of the top prizes.
The Northumberland winner marks a milestone in its own right, being the first person from the county to have ERNIE randomly generate their numbers for one of the two jackpot prizes.
However, his success in this month’s draw also completes the line-up for the English counties.
All reporting regions at county level* across England now have at least one person who has won the £1 million Premium Bonds prize. Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire are the only other counties with just one solitary jackpot winner.
Conversely, the winner from Nottingham (winning Bond number: 033HH173110) becomes the sixth from the city of Nottingham, and the ninth from Nottinghamshire to have won the top prize. His winning Bond was bought in October 2000 – making it the 10th longest-held Bond to have won the £1 million jackpot. The newly-crowned millionaire currently holds the maximum £50,000 in Premium Bonds.
The last jackpot winner from the county – and indeed the city of Nottingham itself – was in the February 2016 draw.
The man from Northumberland bought his winning Bond (number: 048DQ389856) in July 2003 and has a total of £19,994 in Premium Bonds.
The pair are the 369th and 370th Premium Bond millionaires.
Jill Waters, Retail Director at NS&I, said:
“A huge congratulations to our two newest jackpot winners this September. I’m delighted that Agent Million has had the chance to visit a new county this month, as it’s a reminder that any person who has Premium Bonds can win any prize in any draw.
“With a minimum investment of just £100, Premium Bonds gives the opportunity of winning a life-changing amount of money without the risk of losing your original stake.”
Reinvest for success
In addition to making purchases with just small amounts, winning prizes can also be reinvested to be eligible for the next month’s draw, compared to having to wait for another full calendar month to pass before having the chance to win on your new Bonds.
Premium Bonds customers can simply register online at www.nsandi.com and select to have their prizes reinvested: https://www.nsandi.com/can-i-automatically-buy-more-bonds-with-my-prizes
In 2016, two of the £1 million jackpot winners won with Bonds that had been reinvested having won in a previous draw. And just last month a customer from Essex won £10,000 on a £25 prize from October 2009.
Jill Waters continued:
“Reinvesting your Premium Bonds prizes is a great way to increase your chances of returns on your money. By selecting this option and registering to use our online service, you’ll also reduce the chances of any future prizes you do win going unclaimed or unpaid.”
Claim your winnings and never miss a prize
There are now more than 1.4 million Premium Bonds prizes unclaimed, some of which date back to the 1950s, worth a total of over £56 million This includes five prizes of £100,000.
Premium Bonds customers can register to opt to receive their prizes by BACS and keep their bank details and contact information up-to-date with NS&I, with just a few simple clicks at https://www.nsandi.com/can-my-prizes-be-paid-straight-my-bank-account
Across Nottingham, there are 3,630 prizes still waiting to be claimed, worth a total of £143,925. Among these are 7 prizes worth £1,000, while the oldest dates back to June 1964 (worth £25).
In Northumberland, there are a total of 4,389 prizes worth £167,925. This also includes 7 prizes worth £1,000 or more, and a £50 prize that dates back to March 1967.
September 2017 prize breakdown
There were 70,283,668,479 eligible Bonds in the September 2017 Premium Bonds draw. A total of 2,342,790 numbers were matched against Bonds to win prizes, worth a total of £67,355,175.
Since the first prize draw in June 1957, there have been more than 378 million winning numbers generated by ERNIE, with over £17.6 billion in prizes paid out.
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*Excluding Rutland, which is the only county in England to have less than 100,000 Premium Bond holders.
Notes to Editors
- NS&I has a wealth of facts and figures (including regional) about Premium Bonds. If you require any further details, please contact the NS&I media team or tweet your question to @nsandi
- You can read more about Premium Bond prize winners at nsandi.com/winning-stories
- All Premium Bond prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax.
- NS&I is one of the largest savings organisations in the UK, offering a range of savings and investments to 25 million customers. All products offer 100% capital security, because NS&I is backed by HM Treasury.
- The annual Premium Bonds prize fund rate is currently 1.15% and the odds of each individual Bond number winning any prize are 30,000 to 1.
- Pictures of Premium Bonds, including the Premium Bonds app and ERNIE are available in high-resolution jpeg format from the NS&I media team.
- Customers can buy Premium Bonds online at nsandi.com and over the phone by calling 08085 007 007. This is a new freephone number and calls to it from the UK are free from both landlines and mobiles. Telephone calls may be recorded.
- When reporting total unclaimed assets held by NS&I (including accounts, Certificates, Bonds, unclaimed Premium Bond prizes and other products), NS&I defines unclaimed holdings as those with no customer contact for a period of 15 years or more.
- Further information on NS&I (National Savings and Investments), including press releases and product information, is available on the website at nsandi.com. Follow us on Twitter: @nsandi or join the conversation on Facebook: Premium Bonds made by ERNIE