Premium bond millionaire is from Northamptonshire

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A lucky Premium Bond holder from Northamptonshire has scooped a £1m tax-free prize.

The secret identity of the female winner has not been revealed - but they are one of only two to win the jackpot this month with the other person from Essex.

The pair become the 393rd and 394th Premium Bond holders to scoop the jackpot since the £1 million prize was introduced.

The woman from Northamptonshire becomes just the second Premium Bonds millionaire in the county. She currently has £50,000 invested and bought the winning Bond in August 2015. The winning Bond number is 254PS792183.

The last £1m winner in Northamptonshire won a decade ago in November 2008.

Both women will receive a personal visit from Agent Million who will break the good news.

Alun Williams, Assistant Director at NS&I, said: “People purchase Premium Bonds for a number of different reasons, some to win regular tax-free prizes and some to be in with a chance of winning the jackpot £1 million prize.

“ERNIE, responsible for drawing the numbers that make up the three million plus prizes that are paid out every month, has made a Premium Bonds millionaire in every county now, but some have been touched by Premium Bonds joy more than others.

“This month sees just the second Northamptonshire Premium Bonds millionaire after nearly ten years, while Agent Million is getting used to the trips to Essex, with the third visit to the county since October 2017 and the second already this year.”

Unclaimed prizes

There are over 1.5 million unclaimed Premium Bond prizes, worth almost £60 million.

In Northamptonshire, unclaimed prizes date back to October 1965. The highest unclaimed prize is £5,000, waiting to be claimed by a Premium Bond holder with just £5 invested. The draw was in November 2014 and the winning Bond number is 6EL220580. There is also one other £5,000 unclaimed prize in the county dating back to December 2007. Overall, there are over 11,000 unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes in Northamptonshire, worth over £400,000.

Premium Bonds prizes may go unclaimed as a result of NS&I not being informed of changes to personal circumstances, such as a change in contact details or if Premium Bonds were bought for the customer as a child and they have subsequently lost track of them. Therefore, it is important to keep NS&I up to date if anything changes.