Two lucky Premium Bond holders from Essex and South Gloucestershire have become millionaires, winning the top prize in this month’s National Savings & Investments (NS&I) draw.
The first number drawn - 083TX260795 - is held by the winner based in Essex. The winner holds £42,050 in Premium Bonds and purchased their winning bond in July 2005, making them the twenty-first millionaire from Essex since the first NS&I prize draw 66 years ago.
The second Premium Bond millionaire is based in South Gloucestershire and holds Bond number 429WV622861. The winner has £50,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased their winning bond in December 2020. They’re the third winner in South Gloucestershire.
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Jill Waters, NS&I retail director says: “Since ERNIE turned 65 last June, we’ve increased the prize fund rate five times, giving Premium Bonds customers more chances to win each month. Premium Bonds remain one of the most popular ways to save, with the number of eligible Bonds increasing from over 118 billion in June 2022 to more than 121 billion in this month’s prize draw.”
Here are the details of June’s winners and how to check if you won.
June Premium Bonds prize winners
In the June 2023 prize draw, a total of 5,061,328 prizes worth £334,047,650 will be paid out with 121,471,874,893 Bond numbers eligible for the draw.
How to see if you’re a June Premium Bond prize winner
You will need your Premium Bonds holder’s number to use the website and your NS&I number or holder’s number to check via the prize checker app.
You can also use your Alexa-enabled device so check if you’ve won. Alexa will be able to tell you whether you have won a prize and how much it's worth, as well as details for any upcoming draws.
It can also tell you if you have any prizes yet to be redeemed, such as a £25 prize from July 1968, which remains unclaimed.
To get it set up, you’ll need to activate the NS&I Premium Bonds prize checker skill on your Alexa app and enter your NS&I number. After that, you will be able to use your smart speaker to stay updated on all things Premium Bonds.
A new way to pay
Fancy topping up your Premium Bond holdings ahead of the next prize draw? A new payment method - pay by bank account - will start appearing in your online payment options. NS&I say the new option will start rolling out to customers over the coming weeks.
Paying by bank account is a quick, easy and secure way for you to top-up your savings with NS&I online. It will be gradually rolled out to customers with easy-access variable rate accounts – Premium Bonds, Direct Saver, Direct ISA, Income Bonds and Junior ISA.
Dax Harkins, NS&I chief executive says: “Customers with most UK major banks and building societies will soon find that they can smoothly make transfers into their NS&I variable savings accounts as we start to roll out Pay by bank account over the coming weeks.”
Are Premium Bonds worth it?
With more prizes now available, savers have a higher chance of collecting some kind of prize - in fact, the luckiest Premium Bond winner has snapped up nearly 300 prizes totalling £1m.
But, since you do not earn an interest rate, you may want to also think about putting some money in a savings account, where you can now earn up to 7% with a regular savings account. Take a look at our article on the best savings accounts for the latest on interest rates.
Tom is a journalist and writer with an interest in sustainability, economic policy and pensions, looking into how personal finances can be used to make a positive impact.
He graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a BA in journalism before moving to a financial content agency.
His work has appeared in titles Investment Week and Money Marketing, as well as social media copy for Reuters and Bloomberg in addition to corporate content for financial giants including Mercer, State Street Global Advisors and the PLSA. He has also written for the Financial Times Group.
When not working out of the Future’s Cardiff office, Tom can be found exploring the hills and coasts of South Wales but is sometimes east of the border supporting Bristol Rovers.
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