1 March 2013

March Premium Bond millionaire

A man living in Kent
Bond Number: 19ZV261442
Winning Bond bought in July 2004                            
Total holdings £ 12,000

For the March 2013 draw ERNIE paid out over 1.8 million prizes, together amounting to over £56 million in value. There were 44,832,384,394 eligible Bond numbers in the draw.  

Prize and value breakdown in March 2013

Value of prizes Number of prizes
£1,000,000 1
£100,000 5
£50,000 9
£25,000 19
£10,000 46
£5,000 95
£1,000 1,121
£500 3,363
£100 32,940
£50 32,940
£25 1,797,479
Total prize fund value Total number of prizes
£56,040,475 1,868,018

In Kent there are 587,150 Premium Bonds holdings worth more than £1.5 billion. 
Unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes 
Across the UK there are over 880,000 unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes worth more than £43 million. In Kent in particular, over 21,000 prizes worth more than £1 million still remain unclaimed.  There is a woman from the region who is still due to receive £50,000 after failing to claim her prize in a previous draw. She has just £128 invested in Premium Bonds and the prize was won in November 2007. 
There are a number of other unclaimed prizes due to the residents of Kent, the oldest of these outstanding prizes having been drawn in April 1959.  Premium Bonds holders can reduce the chances of their prizes becoming unclaimed by managing their Premium Bonds online or opting to have any prizes paid directly into their bank accounts by BACS, with notification by email. To sign up holders should visit:

Some of the top unclaimed prizes in the Kent region:

Winning Bond Number Winner Month and Year of Draw Current Holding Balance Prize Value
3VT019901  Female  November 2007 £128 £50,000
34PX250450  Female  June 2009 £5,000 £5,000
3AS928678  Female  October 1986 £7 £1,000
2SL931079  Female December 1986 £120 £1,000
8WS988836  Female  January 1987 £1,046 £1,000

Some of the oldest unclaimed prizes in the Kent region:

Winning Bond Number Winner Month and Year of Draw Current Holding Balance Prize Value
AN559184  Male April 1959 £2 £25
BP695830   Male July 1964 £2 £25
1AK501096  Female  March 1965 £3 £250
3EL986143  Female  January 1966 £11 £25
AS357719  Male July 1966  £1 £25

There is no time limit for claiming prizes. Premium Bonds investors can check to see if they have won by visiting and using the Premium Bonds prize checker on the homepage.

Marchs’s prize fund rate and odds

The Premium Bonds prize fund rate is 1.5% and the odds of each individual Bond number winning a prize are 24,000 to 1.
Premium Bond facts

Since the first Premium Bonds prize draw in 1957, more than 268 million tax–free prizes worth approximately £14.4 billion have been paid out.
Premium Bonds are an investment where, instead of interest payments, investors have the chance to win tax-free prizes. They were officially launched by Harold Macmillan, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his 1956 Budget.
Cash investments into Premium Bonds over the Post Office counter will end from 1 April 2013. Savers can still invest in Premium Bonds by cheque and debit card at the Post Office or directly from NS&I by post, phone (see note 5), online at or standing order.
Premium Bonds offer investors 100% capital security, backed by HM Treasury, as well as the sense of fun that comes from potentially winning tax-free prizes.
As at February 2013, customers have over 22 million holdings in Premium Bonds totalling more than £44 billion. Prizes range from £25 to £1 million


Notes to Editors 

1. All Premium Bonds prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax.
2. The jackpot winner becomes ERNIE’S 278th Premium Bond millionaire.
3. Unclaimed Premium Bond prizes are defined as prizes over 18 months that have not been paid out (cashed). Addresses held for customers with unclaimed prizes might not be the current residential address of the customer.
4. Pictures of ERNIE (including the new ERNIE 4 machine), Agent Million and people buying Premium Bonds are available in high-resolution jpeg format from the NS&I media team.
5. Customers can buy Premium Bonds over the phone by calling 0500 500 000. This is a free phone number but calls from mobiles and some landline providers may be chargeable. Telephone calls may be recorded. 
6. Further information on NS&I (National Savings and Investments), including press releases and product information, is available on the website at Follow us on Twitter: @NSIpressoffice
7. NS&I has a number of spokespeople available for interviews and our experienced media team is available via our ISDN line: 020 7828 5288.

Media team

Chris Dowsett                            
020 7932 6644
Gill Stephens                             
020 7932 6789
Jonty Alone                              
 020 7932 6633
Gareth Headon                        
020 7932 6611
John Gill                                  
0207 932 6727 
Out of hours: all numbers above diverted to mobile phones.


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