The Premium Bonds millionaires for September came from south Gloucestershire and Surrey and both of them only bought their winning bonds at the start of this year. The prize checker is updated on the second working day of the month, and this month, that’s today.
The first new millionaire held £49,994 and bought the winning Bond 433SN401366 in January 2021.
The second winner had the maximum amount of £50,000 in Premium Bonds and purchased winning bond number 436WJ503244 in February 2021.
And as well as making two brand new millionaires, there were also 3.2 million other cash prizes paid out ranging from £25 to £100,000.
Five lucky people won prizes of £100,000 and 12 winners took home £50,000, from over 113 billion Bond numbers which were eligible for the draw this month.
Winning the money can be life-changing for ordinary Britons as Jill Waters, NS&I’s Retail Director, pointed out.
Ms Waters said: “We’re absolutely thrilled for our two winners from Gloucestershire and Surrey.
“They have both won a life-changing sum of money and we wish them all the best.
“Next month will mark 65 years since Premium Bonds went on sale and they are not just about the £1million jackpot – each month, NS&I pays out more than 3.2 million other tax-free prizes ranging from £25 to £100,000.”
Although participants can win at any time, the winners of the two jackpot bonds were purchased in January and February this year.
This could add fuel to one theory that the newer the bonds, the luckier they tend to be.
However, this theory has been played down by the government backed savings provider which says that every £1 Bond number has an equal chance of winning no matter when or where it was bought.
As NS&I is backed by the Government, deposits with Premium Bonds are protected.
Premium Bonds are an exciting option for savers who could win big money, but it’s worth remembering that they may be able to secure a better interest rate by looking at other providers.
And of course, there’s no guarantee of winning either, but this month’s winners have seen a huge return on their investment in the space of a year.
Premium Bonds customers are being urged to go digital as it’s much safer than getting a cheque through the post.
NS&I already pays nine out of ten prizes straight to customers’ bank accounts, or by reinvesting into more Bonds, and is now encouraging the remainder of its customers to embrace digital as it’s safer and easier.