Christmas comes early for premium bond winners

Christmas comes early for premium bond winners
  • NS&I has just announced the December premium bond winners.
  • Investors can visit NS&I’s prize-checker and find out whether they’ve won using their bond numbers.
  • More than two thousand investors walked away with cash prizes.

Christmas has come early for a few lucky investors who subscribed to the premium bonds. Last month, several people walked away with prizes ranging from £1 million to £100,000 to £25 and this month is no different.

Each month, premium bond investors are randomly selected for different categories of cash prizes. This month’s biggest winners walked away with £1 million each; the first bond-winning number is 309GV354472 belonging to a Stockport-based investor, after purchasing a bond worth £36,000 in 2017.

The second £1 million-prize went to an investor based in Hampshire holding a £30,000 bond purchased in 2013. The winner’s bond number is 210SF254870.

Congratulation to the two lucky winners – receiving £1 million from an investment of less than £40,000 is simply astounding.

Other notable wins

Apart from the two millionaires, an additional six investors walked away with £100,000 each in cash prizes. The lucky six are all from the UK: the locations include Essex, Wiltshire, West Yorkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Tyne and Wear and lastly, Inner London. The winning bond numbers are 363HC569849, 274EZ173779, 330GH324100, 256XA711480, 240TZ374517 and 333YY759877 respectively.

One of the most notable wins under this category includes a £100-investment that resulted in a £100,000 win.

Eleven other people also won £50,000, 24 won £25,000, and 59 other investors took home £10,000 each. The last batch of winners included 116 who won £5,000 each, with a majority (1969) taking home cash prizes of £1,000 each.

Unclaimed prizes

Surprisingly, thousands of investor prizes remain uncollected. According to the NS&I, about £63 million worth of premium bond cash prizes is yet to be claimed. The amount averages to thousands of winners who might not be aware of their winnings.

Investors can keep track of the status of their bonds online and have their winnings transferred directly to their bank accounts. Be sure to sign up on NS&I’s official website.

From the website, premium bond investors can quickly check their numbers possible winnings. Alternatively, one can also download NS&I’s mobile application both from the App Store and Google Play.

By Damian Wood
As an experienced trader, I work for myself managing my own small portfolio and also contributing on several investment news sites. I mix my passion for the industry and journalism to bring my readers informative and trustworthy articles.
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