NS&I reveal two lucky Premium Bonds holders from West Sussex and Hampshire enjoy £1 million jackpot win

by | Mar 5, 2024

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NS&I has reported that ERNIE has created two lucky Premium Bonds jackpot winners from West Sussex and Hampshire this month.

According to NS&I, there were over 5.8 million prizes in March’s draw, resulting in a total payout of over £451 million.

The first Bond number drawn was 513VQ281226 and is held by a winner based in West Sussex. The winner has a holding of £50,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased their winning Bond in September 2022. They become the thirteenth jackpot winner from West Sussex.

The second Bond number to win £1 million this month was 441BK932039 and the Bond holder lives in Hampshire. The winner holds £50,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased the winning Bond in February 2021. They are the twelfth Premium Bonds jackpot millionaire from Hampshire.

Andrew Westhead, NS&I Retail Director, said:
“Congratulations to our £1 million jackpot winners from West Sussex and Hampshire, who can now start planning what to do with their tax-free winnings. 

“With a total prize pot of £451 million this month, we’ve awarded Premium Bond holders with over 5.8 million prizes ranging from £25 to £1 million. This month, two winners with a holding of £100 won a prize of £100,000, showing that every bond counts.”

Small holdings can win big prizes
Two Premium Bonds holders from this month’s draw are proving that smaller holdings can still win big.

Two bond holders, from South West Wales and Leeds, scooped a £100,000 prize with only £100 invested in Premium Bonds.

One of the winners purchased the winning bonds in December 2023, meaning they only had to wait three months for their big win.

Checking prizes
Premium Bonds holders can easily check if they’ve won a prize in the March draw from Saturday 2 March, by checking the NS&I website, the prize checker app, or simply asking Alexa.

To check on the NS&I website customers will require their Premium Bonds holder’s number, while for the prize checker app, they’ll need their NS&I number or holder’s number. People can also check for any unclaimed prizes owed to them.

March 2024 prize draw breakdown

A total of 5,869,452 prizes worth £451,947,650 will be paid out in the March 2024 prize draw. There were 123,258,449,128 Bond numbers eligible for the draw.

Value of prizeNumber of prizes
£1,000,0002
£100,00086
£50,000174
£25,000345
£10,000863
£5,0001,728
£1,00018,077
£50054,231
£1002,167,115
£502,167,115
£251,459,716
Total value of prizes£451,947,650Total number of prizes5,869,452

Unclaimed prizes
Premium Bonds prize winners receive notifications of their winnings if they have registered their contact details. However, there are instances where customers relocate or forget to update their contact details with NS&I. This can lead to unclaimed prizes, especially for those who opt to receive their prizes via cheque rather than bank transfer.

In West Sussex, there are 34,312 prizes worth £1,131,800 that are yet to be claimed. The oldest unclaimed prize is worth £25 and is from the April 1962 draw. The largest unclaimed prize in West Sussex is worth £5,000 and was from the March 2007 draw.

In Hampshire, there are 64,797 unclaimed prizes worth £2,132,025. The oldest unclaimed prize is worth £25 and is from the August 1963 draw. The largest unclaimed prize in Hampshire is also worth £5,000 and is from the January 2019 draw.

To receive prizes faster and more securely, customers can opt for automatic bank deposits or reinvestment into more Premium Bonds, which is how 90% of prizes are handled. This is quicker and more secure than waiting for a cheque. Customers can find instructions on how to change payment preferences here. Customers who may have an unclaimed prize can easily check using NS&Is online prize checker or the prize checker app.

 
 

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