Stat of the month: £53 million of unclaimed Premium Bond prizes

1 November 2016

With Premium Bonds celebrating their milestone 60th anniversary in November 2016, NS&I is encouraging Premium Bond holders to reconnect with their old Bonds, some of which date back to over 50 years. 

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan presented the first Premium Bond in November 1956. But today there are over 1.2 million unclaimed prizes, worth over £53 million.

Among the notable high value unclaimed prizes is a £10,000 prize won by a man from Staffordshire, from just a  £20 holding in the February 2001 draw, and a woman from Essex, who has won £25,000 from a holding of £2,250 won in May 2014.

For the October 2016 prize draw, ERNIE paid out over 2.1 million prizes of more than £65.9 million in value. This brings the grand total of prizes won since the first draw in June 1957 to 353 million and the value of those prizes to £16.9 billion.

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Premium Bond holders can reduce the chance of their prizes becoming unclaimed by registering to have any prizes paid directly into their bank account (with notification by email).

Customers can also use the prize checker on or they can download the Premium Bonds Prize Checker App for free, from the Apple Store or Google Play.



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