September’s first winner came from Sefton in Liverpool and the winning bond was 409PT785413. The winner purchased it in August 2020 and held the maximum of £50,000 in Premium Bonds. September’s second winner came from West Sussex and also held the maximum of £50,000 in Premium Bonds.
Their winning Bond carried the number 324MB318235, and was purchased in February 2018.
As well as the two jackpot winners, September’s draw saw 10 winners of £100,000, 20 of £50,000, 39 of £25,000, 98 worth £10,000 and 199 valued at £5,000.
The NS&I say that there are 4.8million prizes that were handed out ranging from £25 to £1,000.
Britons who hold Premium Bonds are urged to check if they have a prize which they can claim.
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Premium Bond prizes don’t carry a time limit, so people are able to claim as far back as the original 1957 draw as long as the bonds are eligible for the draw.
In Sefton, there are currently 10,928 unclaimed prizes worth £359,625 with the largest unclaimed prize being £1,000.
NS&I say that this winning Premium Bond is nearly 20 years old as it was drawn in the September 1994 draw.
The oldest unclaimed prize in Sefton is from March 1965 with a value of £25.
In West Sussex, there are 39,527 unclaimed prizes with a total value of £1,278,900.
The largest unclaimed prize is £5,000 and is from the March 2007 prize draw whilst the oldest is from April 1962 and is worth £25.
To check if they may have won people can use the prize checker on the NS&I website or on the NS&I app on iOS or Android.
People only need to enter their holder number to check and people can find their holder number on their Bond record or by logging into their account.
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In June this year, the Premium Bonds fund rate went from one percent to 1.4 percent.
This meant that the odds of each £1 Premium Bond number winning a prize changed from 34,500 to one to 24,500 to one.
This increased prize fund meant an additional 1.4 million prizes were paid out in June.
The NS&I state that the best way to make sure that someone does not miss claiming their prize is to have it paid directly into their bank account or automatically reinvested into more Premium Bonds.