April 2014's Premium Bonds winners

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by Lovemoney Staff lovemoney staff on 01 April 2014  |  Comments 69 comments

Are you a winner of a big prize in this month's draw?

April 2014's Premium Bonds winners

If you hold Premium Bonds, here are the winning numbers that have scooped the big prizes in April 2014's draw.

Prize Value

Winning Bond number

Area

Total value of holding

Date of purchase

£1,000,000

186XG471615

County Durham

£1,000

Nov-11

£100,000

95BA403053

West Sussex

£30,000

Oct-01

£100,000

120KM691885

Warwickshire

£19,025

Nov-06

£100,000

49HX819840

Buckinghamshire

£30,000

Dec-04

£50,000

135QQ808917

Buckinghamshire

£27,491

Jan-08

£50,000

135NA625127

Lancashire

£30,000

Jan-08

£50,000

152HJ813502

Reading

£25,000

Feb-09

£50,000

77JF436857

North Yorkshire

£13,515

Nov-97

£50,000

211KN055510

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

£30,000

Sep-13

£50,000

183FZ080246

Buckinghamshire

£30,000

Aug-11

£50,000

206DG422270

Overseas

£30,000

Apr-13

£25,000

120FA344884

Lincolnshire

£22,000

Nov-06

£25,000

164EE660652

Cheshire West and Chester

£26,700

Jan-10

£25,000

149KG266596

Manchester

£30,000

Jan-09

£25,000

190QX890529

Barnet

£30,000

Mar-12

£25,000

127LG025842

West Sussex

£3,250

Apr-07

£25,000

155FN207080

South Gloucestershire

£24,725

Apr-09

£25,000

26ZS447424

Berkshire

£1,350

Jan-90

£25,000

149WM961955

Overseas

£22,925

Jan-09

£25,000

206PL789618

West Scotland

£27,350

May-13

£25,000

26XE985726

Buckinghamshire

£29,995

Jan-03

£25,000

204JH188335

Outer London

£2,130

Mar-13

£25,000

74DY663647

Kent

£30,000

Jul-03

March 2014's winners

And here's a reminder of March's big winners.

Prize Value

Winning Bond number

Area

Total value of holding

Date of purchase

£1,000,000

163EA927547

Avon

£26,662

Dec-09

£100,000

197RH801375

Barnet

£5,002

Oct-12

£100,000

89BR969901

Derbyshire

£30,000

May-03

£100,000

156PH953651

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

£23,000

May-09

£50,000

81TK770038

Buckinghamshire

£16,575

Oct-98

£50,000

213WX292785

Hertfordshire

£20,600

Nov-13

£50,000

189QX899834

Kent

£20,003

Feb-12

£50,000

191WC341928

South Scotland

£30,000

Apr-12

£50,000

215GL211979

Cardiff

£12,100

Dec-13

£50,000

45JN073375

Lancashire

£5,856

Sep-97

£50,000

211AH352321

Kent

£30,000

Sep-13

£25,000

154CG179597

Outer London

£24,000

Mar-09

£25,000

90PG818194

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

£12,150

Nov-01

£25,000

48JL992969

South Yorkshire

£11,900

Sep-97

£25,000

73NN160048

Dorset

£23,001

May-98

£25,000

9RQ570284

Inner London

£30,000

May-04

£25,000

157MD625021

West Scotland

£30,000

Jun-09

£25,000

144HZ344389

Northamptonshire

£4,775

Oct-08

£25,000

133LX631908

Hereford and Worcester

£9,000

Nov-07

£25,000

42TD105222

Surrey

£14,000

Mar-02

£25,000

54QW117192

Wales

£18,148

Apr-96

£25,000

211VZ977053

Northamptonshire

£25,002

Sep-13

£25,000

54AX337643

Lancashire

£30,000

Feb-03

Information supplied by National Savings & Investments

To see if you've won a smaller prize, use the Premium Bonds prize checker on the NS&I website.

Premium Bonds changes

From 1st June, you'll be able to hold up to £40,000 of Premium Bonds, instead of the current maximum of £30,000. And from 1st August, the number of £1 million prizes will double.

However, if you haven't won a prize for some time or ever, and you want to see how much interest you could earn on your money elsewhere, take a look at Where to earn most interest on your cash.

This page is updated each month with the latest winners

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Comments (69)

  • OorWullie
    Love rating 38
    OorWullie said

    What happened to the PB I purchased in 1958 (cannot now recall the exact year when the PB draws started) but my weekly wage at the time was £8.00 and the bond cost £1.00. At the same rate today would make the PB about £1800! Retrospectively, it would have been wiser to put the cash into a saving's account but too late now!

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  • fenemore
    Love rating 251
    fenemore said

    I usually have 2 or 3 small wins every month - best was £500 a couple of years ago. Now they are usually £25 or £50. If I tot up my annual winnings, it works out at about 3% - so I am at least doing as well as some of the best savings accounts.

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  • mosicle
    Love rating 21
    mosicle said

    You are very lucky fenemore, I and my husband have had our bonds since the 60's and have never ever won anything.

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  • johnmxn3
    Love rating 17
    johnmxn3 said

    I don't have a big holding of bonds, but over the years I have added to them when I could afford to and now make a regular online purchase of £100 per month, using money I would have spent on drinks if I still went to the pub which has now become a joke. Not buying beer and buying rounds socially has saved me a lot of money.

    And lost me a lot of weight..!

    When my purchases add up to £1,000 I transfer them for a Bond of that price. Not because I believe a large block of numbers has any more chance of winning than a small block, but because with the new system of sending info about holdings is easier for me not to have masses of numbers to check.

    I often hear people say "I've had £10 in Bonds since late 1950' early !960's and I've never won, they are a fiddle". I don't know the number of Bonds in a draw now, but it is in billions, so a one Bond number win is very lucky.

    Well, 2 months ago a £1 Bond given to me as a present in 1957 won £1,000, so don't give up hope!

    Not counting that win, my average winnings per year usually come to 4% tax free.

    My holding is less than £15,000 so I just put the money back into more Bonds.

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  • AlanThomas
    Love rating 35
    AlanThomas said

    I started to win more prizes (£25.00-£50.00) when my investment went above £8K

    Interestingly I have studed the last 60 months winners of the £1M prize, the winners of 54 of the months have the maximum holding of £30K...?...and yes they do live down south...!....but I do average 2-4% a year in prizes.

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  • bunty
    Love rating 14
    bunty said

    A 3% return is indeed a remarkable achievement. My husband and I have had the maximum amount each for 20 years and the average win is the odd £25 a month!

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  • nickpike
    Love rating 309
    nickpike said

    I've had 4 since 1958. Not a sausage. 4 quid then is like 200 now. What a waste of time.

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  • rajavu
    Love rating 3
    rajavu said

    I can beat nickpike, I have had some bonds since 1953, never won anything, mmmm is it fixed? looking at the dates of the recent winners or am I just an old synic? Will we ever know...........

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  • Davell
    Love rating 0
    Davell said

    My wife and I have been winning regularly for the past few years. We win most months (£25-£50) and have an occassional *big* win (I got £1000 several years ago, she won £500 in tyhe same year). I've just checked my recent wins, and over the last 4 years we've seen annual returns of 2.75%, 1.5% and 2.91% - I'm a 40% tax payer, so these are good returns.

    So far this year (Up to June) we have 0.58% return, but we've 6 months to go.

    I think they're a good bet for a safe return. If you want to get big returns you need to look at risky options.

    You pays your money ...

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  • wigglylines
    Love rating 10
    wigglylines said

    Rajavu....I agree with you, my wife has had her bonds since 1960s and has never had a win...It does seems peculiarly skewed towards bonds purchased in the last 12 years. This situation would make a good (and healthy) research theses for a maths undergraduate.

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  • PDB11
    Love rating 75
    PDB11 said

    Does it really help to trade anecdotes of "I win X times a year" versus "I've not won for Y years"? This is totally meaningless unelss you all have the same amount invested!

    I've never seen any genuine studies of how random the machine really is. Anecdotal evidence does indeed point to (at least in the early days) its being more clustered than random, with some bonds coming up every couple of months and others not at all. On the other hand, I think even truly random systems generate such anecdotes because of the way the human mind works.

    Having only a few quid invested isn't likely to pay anything. The "odds" quoted on the Premium Bonds site are 24000 to 1, which means that any one bond is likely to get a prize once in 2000 years. I have a couple of grand invested, so I get a prize about once a year.

    I've only once ever received more than the minimum (which went back down to £25 a few years ago, having been £50 for a while). I got £500. Can't remember what I spent it on.

    I still think Premium Bonds are better than the Lotto, though. The interest rate is 1.5% at the moment, which is not a lot; but to have the same expected winnings per pound invested from the Lotto, where only half the takings go into the prize fund, you need to invest in an account that pays 3% interest after tax, and spend all that interest on Lotto tickets.

    Finally, those of you who are citing huge "real terms" ratios between the 1950s and today may be forgetting just how poorly paid young people were in those days. The RPI puts £1 in 1953 = £24 today, £1 in 1958 = £20 today. (And OorWullie has got his multiplier the wrong way round, I think. There's no way "one eighth of weekly wage" equates to £1800 in today's terms!)

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  • Abigail Thornton
    Love rating 11
    Abigail Thornton said

    The results of the Premium bond wins are exactly what you'd expect given that it is a random draw where most of the bonds have been bought over the last few years (perhaps in preference to 'gambling' on the stock market) by the good people of the UK. As the highest population density is in the South East of England, all else being equal, you would expect most winners to live in this area.

    According to an online calculator for those holding £10000 worth of bonds these are the odds of winning in any one year:

    £0 Exactly 1 in 148

    At least £25 99.3%

    At least £50 96.1%

    At least £75 88.2%

    At least £100 75.4%

    At least £150 43.8%

    At least £175 30.1%

    At least £200 19.7%

    At least £250 7.69%

    At least £350 1.73%

    At least £400 1.35%

    At least £450 1.26%

    At least £500 1.24%

    At least £750 1 in 245

    At least £1,000 1 in 286

    At least £1,500 1 in 2,011

    At least £2,500 1 in 2,147

    At least £5,000 1 in 2,148

    At least £10,000 1 in 4,652

    At least £25,000 1 in 11,338

    At least £50,000 1 in 25,904

    At least £100,000 1 in 60,395

    At least £1,000,000 1 in 359,806

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  • eLJay
    Love rating 78
    eLJay said

    I can think of better ways to invest £30k.

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  • cdsmith
    Love rating 4
    cdsmith said

    I am not saying this because I didn't win anything, but someone needs to tell the Premium Bonds people that there is no such place as Hereford and Worcester, which became the separate counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire 30 years ago.

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  • yelsgniklegin
    Love rating 1
    yelsgniklegin said

    rajavu made a comment that premium bonds had been held 'since 1953'.

    This is highly unlikely, as they only went on sale as from 1st November 1956; with the first draw not taking place until 1st June 1957!

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  • fenemore
    Love rating 251
    fenemore said

    To add to my earlier posting, I should have said that I do hold the max of £30k.

    Those who say they can think of better ways of investing this money, I don't really consider it as an investment, but just as a means of holding funds. The cash might as well be in PBs as anything else. At least I stand a chance of winning something, and if I don't then all I have lost is the interest I might have earned elsewhere. To date I am just about ahead of the game.

    In fact most of my reserves are in savings accounts, so all I am gambling with is the nominal interest on £30k.

    PBs are not for everyone, for me it is just a bit of fun.

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  • OorWullie
    Love rating 38
    OorWullie said

    PDB11 Thanks for drawing the mistaken calculation to attention; today's PB equivalent value in relation to my personal gross weekly income then and now (OAP) would be £86.50; probably a reasonable rise over the period of 54 years.

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  • wellthy
    Love rating 0
    wellthy said

    Good news a £25 and a £50 prize today. The 3% return continues.

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  • AlanThomas
    Love rating 35
    AlanThomas said

    The winner of the £1M prize lives in Cheshire (nice change from down south) but they do hold £30K of bonds which you do really need to win the £1M prize...

    55 winners out of the last 62 draws have £30K holding...90%

    All I need is another 20K !

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  • driver67
    Love rating 26
    driver67 said

    Mmmm... I see the earliest purchase on this list was 97. I have some from 1953 (Given to me when I was born) that have won FA. However, some bought in the late 80's have won me a couple £50.00 and a £25.00. Hardly a massive return on £150.00 although I do still have my stake, but what was that money worth 25 years ago?

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  • PoohBah
    Love rating 23
    PoohBah said

    @driver67 Another who thinks he has Premium Bonds dating from three years before they first existed!

    I did see a big winner recently with a very old bond - 1957/58 or thereabouts - and occasionally somebody gets a decent prize with only a few pounds' worth held. My personal best is a £5 bond which has won prizes with two consecutive numbers, although several years apart. Possibly the most lucky is a former neighbour, years ago, who had just a £3 bond and won prizes in two successive months with the same number!

    The old chestnut about most of the winners living in the south is quite simply a matter of statistics: if (say) 80% of bonds are held by people living in the south of England, it seems reasonable that they will win 80% of the prizes. If (say - again) 90% of current bonds have been bought since 1995, then those bonds will win 90% of the prizes. As most of the earlier bonds will have been repaid when their owners became impatient, impoverished, or died, they will naturally feature only rarely in the prize lists.

    Premium Bonds are just a bit of fun for me, and when I win the occasional prize I just reinvest it in the hope that lightning might strike.

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  • MixedCase
    Love rating 2
    MixedCase said

    @Abigail Thornton Those numbers are way off, unless the contribution made by the top prize skews the mean a lot more than I think it does. The odds of each bond winning a prize are 24,0000 to one, so someone with the full £30,000 quota like me can expect one win a month i.e that's most likely number of wins, closely followed by zero and two. The value of that one win is most likely to be £25. I didn't win at all in April, May or June: by your reckoning that was astronomically bad luck, but in reality there's about a one in ten chance of that happening.

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  • PlasticPup
    Love rating 9
    PlasticPup said

    I wish I had £30,000 to invest, I brought £200's worth a few years back when I decided to give up playing the lottery but it doesn't seem that I'm likely to win anything with those. Oh well, at least I haven't actually lost anything, now where did I put that paperwork!

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  • AlanThomas
    Love rating 35
    AlanThomas said

    Well the winner (1M) lives down south and has only a £20,275.00 holding...things are looking up, the last 2 winners of the 1M prize do not hold 30K

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  • nickpike
    Love rating 309
    nickpike said

    PlasticPup. You've lost against inflation.

    I had 4 (4 pounds) since 1958. Think what 4 pounds would have purchased in 1958.

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  • Abigail Thornton
    Love rating 11
    Abigail Thornton said

    @MixedCase - Funny you should mention 'astronomically' bad luck as the tool I used was written by a post-doctoral cosmology statistician.

    That is the point: the big jackpot prizes massively skew the average pay-out and make the interest rate look much more generous than it is. The expected return is derisory in terms of an investment / saving product.

    Premium Bonds can be a bit of innocent fun... like buying a lottery ticket where you get to keep your initial stake from draw to draw. When you start looking at them as an investment / savings product - trying to look at expected returns - they become phenomenally complex.

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  • PlasticPup
    Love rating 9
    PlasticPup said

    @nickpike haha, mine doesn't go back quite that far, only about 5 or 6 years! If I'd bought lottery tickets and not had a win then the money would've been gone forever and if I'd put it in the bank I wouldn't have earned much interest on it. Should've just gone out and spent it on shoes ;-)

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  • cdsmith
    Love rating 4
    cdsmith said

    Here in Herefordshire I am constantly struck by the number of prizes won by people in Hertfordshire (4 this month in the top band and two in the next band), whereas no on in Herefordshire ever seems to win anything. Given that most people in Hereford have had post redirected from Hertford, could it be that a spelling error (based on ignorance?) has crept into the lists of Premium Bond prizes?

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  • Mike10613
    Love rating 626
    Mike10613 said

    It seems you have more chance of winning the Premium Bonds if you work in the City of London or if you're a doctor. Politicians do quite well too, they probably claim them on expenses.

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  • driver67
    Love rating 26
    driver67 said

    I've got about 150 and have won about £75 over the years. Not a very good return, especially as I had £50 block since 1970. That was a fortune at the time! They were even talking on the radio that to whack the lot on the lottery in one go would make more sense, although the logic seemed sensible when they explained it I'm now really wondering!

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  • silkycat
    Love rating 49
    silkycat said

    I used to live in Hertfordshire but have moved away. However I now have a maximum PB holding. Does that make me more or less likely to win?!

    But seriously, since I took out the maximum holding I am averaging one win per month usually £25. The best month was a win of 2 £25's and 2 £50's and the worst was 3 months with no win. So, I'm averaging around 1% tax free. No big deal, but there is always the possibility of something big and I can get my money back whenever I want it.

    The best % win I ever had was £50 around 30 years ago from my original £5 1957 holding. I do buy the occasional lottery ticket, but consider that as £1 a time thrown away.

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  • cdsmith
    Love rating 4
    cdsmith said

    Yet again Hertfordshire scores (1 x £1m, 1 x £100k, 1 x 25k) and Herefordshire doesn't (nul points). I reckon the new ERNIE doesn't know the difference.

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  • bengilda
    Love rating 100
    bengilda said

    My first Premium Bond was issued 16 February 1959. Never won a single prize. With each 1959 £ now equivalent at £19 am I a victim of the PB hype?

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  • pussinboots44
    Love rating 0
    pussinboots44 said

    i have been told, some years ago, that the small investors premium bonds are not entered into the draws, considering that i bought fifteen pounds worth in 1968, and have never seen or heard of them since, i now believe this is true. it all seems a huge fiddle to me, only people who can afford to invest thousands, are in with a chance to win anything at all.

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  • pparkinsonnew
    Love rating 0
    pparkinsonnew said

    If you have registered your numbers and got a code and enter the code on their checking site you might find you have won. If not -- you still have the same chance as one bond, even if you have 1000 you still may not win. Its the luck of the draw, the same as the lottery.

    http://www.nsandi.com/?mckv=sNcBIim2Q|pcrid|19570017841|kword|national%20savings|match|e|plid|

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  • Ginnymay
    Love rating 39
    Ginnymay said

    More odd PB geography; "Wales" and "Northern Ireland" given as winning addresses (no Scotland, by the way), but Dyfed (which stopped existing several years ago as a county) and Swansea given separately, as though they weren't in Wales. England seems to be treated separately in having the counties, even the superseded Hereford and Worcester, quoted individually. And not even a country for "overseas"! Presumably this depends on what the purchaser originally stated on the application, but it would be good to be reassured that the addresses are updated. Certainly mine from the mid-fifties wouldn't have a postcode - and no, they've never won, but I have less than £100-worth.

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  • mepink53
    Love rating 20
    mepink53 said

    so from the statistics it would appear that unless you live in the south east and don't have £ 1000's to invest/waste then you ain't got a cat in hell's chance of winning

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  • nosbort
    Love rating 160
    nosbort said

    @mepink53, I suggest a small lesson in statistics would be in order, the most likely to win are those with the most bonds, I'm sure this bit is obvious so yes those with a large amount of money to 'invest' are the ones most likely to win. On the geographical area most represented, has it occurred to you that this is simply a reflection of where the most people live. Random numbers are wonderful aren't they! and in this month's table I would say that the SE is arguably under represented but over a long period the numbers will be representative.

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  • easygoing
    Love rating 170
    easygoing said

    Just a thought, as there has been chat about the Bank of England going for a negative interest rate, ie you pay them to look after your money, Premium Bonds would make a good place to stash your cash.

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  • notadime
    Love rating 0
    notadime said

    I have had £5000 in Premium Bonds for exactly 3 years this month and have won a grand total of £25. Then again I do not live in the South. 4 of my relatives also have 4 figure sums in Bonds and they are the same. I am drawing them out on Monday and putting the money into an ISA. The rates are low but at least I will get something back.

    PS. My prediction for Aprils £1m winner - someone from down South.

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  • fongy
    Love rating 0
    fongy said

    Hi ive had bonds for quite a while ,I win most months ,sometimes i have even won 3 times in one draw and reinvest my winnings so they go straight into the following months draw. I just love the fact that you have a chance of winning big without losing any money. What you earn on an ISA is not worth bothering with.

    If you look at the amount the winners have invested and when bought its rather interesting. And this month a lucky winner in Staffordshire has won big,i dont think its me though,worst luck.

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  • RichardSowler
    Love rating 18
    RichardSowler said

    OK for some. My PBs were bought in May 1958 and no return. (So few that it's not worth the postage and statiuonary to redeem!)

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  • Ginnymay
    Love rating 39
    Ginnymay said

    It would be interesting to know how many early, say pre-1970, bonds are still in the system, as a percentage. Maybe it's been covered before and I've missed it.

    Like fongy, my bonds were all bought well before that, when I was a child and have never won anything. Indeed, until I saw the lists on lovemoney, I'd forgotten all about them. The earliest winner in this list, at a quick glance, was 1979. In those days, bonds could be bought in small multiples as birthday presents. I presume these are still entered in the draw? The Government wouldn't have said, remove all the old bonds from the draws and put them in the Exchequer...would they?

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  • AlanThomas
    Love rating 35
    AlanThomas said

    Congratulations to the April winner with a holding of only £575! you normally require £30K to win the £1M...

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  • fourbees
    Love rating 6
    fourbees said

    I know that I was given some Bonds but after having moved (country - house etc) am unable to put my hands on them. How does one find out if one holds bonds and the relevant numbers please?

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  • Rosie.valerie
    Love rating 0
    Rosie.valerie said

    Has anyone here actually won more than £25 ?

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  • Rosie.valerie
    Love rating 0
    Rosie.valerie said

    If you have lost a bond many years ago ....just write to

    National savings and investments giving your name date of birth and they will send you a new bond or bonds ...

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  • coucoucecile
    Love rating 3
    coucoucecile said

    Interesting!

    Report on 01 May 2013  |  Love thisLove  3 loves
  • dorota
    Love rating 1
    dorota said

    It's very useful!

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  • fongy
    Love rating 0
    fongy said

    I cant believe youre all moaning. Its the luck of the draw! Whether you live up North or down South or in the Midlands like me. I just like the idea that just maybe i might get a nice big win,with no loss of money gambling. I win most months the lowest win but its still exciting opening the envelope to see how much.

    If youre not happy with the bonds take it out.It definately isnt fixed its just the luck of the draw.

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  • kitwedigger
    Love rating 4
    kitwedigger said

    When I went to Liverpool over 50 years ago my fellow students asked which county Northampton was in. It would seem the folks in Lancashire are still none the wiser as the county rarely merits a mention in these lists.

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  • mistertiler
    Love rating 2
    mistertiler said

    This month and last month, not a single winner of any denomination from Staffordshire?!!

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  • AlanThomas
    Love rating 35
    AlanThomas said

    Thing's are looking up folks:

    July winner of 1M has 15k

    August winner has 21.6 K, believe me as a holder of 11K and a prize watcher of 6 years this is good news....you must have 30k to have any chance of the 1M

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  • mistertiler
    Love rating 2
    mistertiler said

    Once again no winners from; Staffordshire?

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  • AlanThomas
    Love rating 35
    AlanThomas said

    Now, there is not a surprise!

    October winner of £1M has a holding of £30,000. premium bonds....and lives in Essex

    ....just need £19,000 to be in with a chance...and live down south...lol

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  • phoenixgirl
    Love rating 0
    phoenixgirl said

    Nice one to the Bristol winner of £50k after just one month. I live in hope!

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  • nickpike
    Love rating 309
    nickpike said

    Why are the vast majority of winning tickets purchased from 2000. The furthest back is 1995. These have been on sale since the 1950's. My four were purchased in 1958 and haven't won anything. Statistically, surely there should be a spread from the 1950s to now.

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  • Sando
    Love rating 0
    Sando said

    Yes...totally agree...let's have some answers please Mr P Bond....I've had mine since 1955 and its never won yet!! What's the truth on this?!!

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  • Alfren
    Love rating 0
    Alfren said

    The premium bond is an ideal way to save, because your money is safe and you have a chance of winning a prize at the beginning of each month. The cash prize is not subject to income tax.

    I cannot believe that I have just written the above sentence. Like all games of chance the drawing of the premium numbers is subject to corruption. Firstly, the government is earning a huge amount of interest on the money from the premium bonds holders. To disguise this fact they have a monthly draw with a handful of prizes. Has any one noticed that certain parts of Britain seem to get more than their fair share of winnings. Also any gadget that is electronically controlled can be programmed to select the numbers in a certain region. If my memeory serves me correctly, it is a German owned company that does the drawing of the lucky bonds. Wow! is there anything in Britain that we own?

    Folks, have you all never asked or wondered why the monthly drawing of the top Premium Bond prizes is not done on television like the national lottery. Surely, E.R.N.I.E. would not mind being moved.

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  • amwell44
    Love rating 77
    amwell44 said

    My grandfather gave me two bonds (two numbers on one bond) and my godmother another one when they went on sale in 1956. My late sister got the same, but hers had to be cashed, naturally, as they expire with the holder. No wins ever for either of us. However, I bought a few more in the 80's and won £50 once and one of my daughters similarly won £50 on a very small holding, so it can happen, but increasingly unlikely as the old bonds thin out and newer ones predominate, as explained statistically above.

    Many people believe their chances increase with the number of draws they are in, but it's a fallacy. You have the same chance every time, or rather, your chance is determined by the number of bonds in the particular draw.

    You should have a reference number from NS&I, with which you can check for winnings anytime. The most important thing is to update your address.

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  • mistertiler
    Love rating 2
    mistertiler said

    I am heartily sick of posting the same comment: for the last six months at least there has not been one winner of any amount shown for anyone from Staffordshire. Are we even in the draw?

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  • hopefultom
    Love rating 50
    hopefultom said

    @mistertiler

    I have checked with the Gaming & Lotteries regulator, and he has informed me that, due to human error, the whole of Staffordshire had been omitted from the monthly Premium bond draw for the whole of 2013.

    You will be pleased to learn that, by way of compensation, all Staffordshire bond holders will be doubly entered for the whole of 2014.

    Good luck!

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  • AlanThomas
    Love rating 35
    AlanThomas said

    Well there is NOT a surprise again, the £1M winner has a holding of £30K and lives in Suffork, that's down south if you live in Manchester....you must have £30K for any chance of winning the top prize.

    But a glimmer of hope, I checked my online a/c and I won £25.00...but there are also nearly 900,000 prizes that have not been claimed, so if you have your Premium Bond a/c No. checked it online...it could be you!

    Good luck

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  • mikecunliffe
    Love rating 25
    mikecunliffe said

    My wife and I have the full £60,000 between us. Been invested at that level for approx. 3 years. The last four months of 2013 we won NOTHING. This month we won £25 each.

    We've only ever won a single £100 once, but £25's most months prior to Sept 2013.

    We live in South Lancashire. This month only one winner in the Lancs area, one in Merseyside and one in Greater Manchester.

    Whilst I'm sure the draw is not fiddled there must be a far higher proportion of holders in the South of the country than the North.

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  • hopefultom
    Love rating 50
    hopefultom said

    @mistertiler

    Have you checked the results for February yet ?

    Just as the regulator promised, all Staffordshire bondholders were doubly entered and, hey presto ! we have a £ 50,000 winner.

    Is it you ?

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  • Windcruiser
    Love rating 1
    Windcruiser said

    Ever since my first win, I have kept the yellow "Congratulations" slip intending to frame it. Then I won some more times, so I kept those, to make a display in a frame. Needless to say I never got them framed, but still keep them. Today, I have just added up how many slips I have. 91 (ninety one). All £25, £50 and occasionally £100. Bought first in March 2006, and we now have 60k holdings. North Yorkshire is the largest county, but we rarely figure in the big winners. Why? Because it's mainly countryside. And, if you're worried about your pre 1970 bonds not winning anything, just cash them in and buy some new ones, That will weight the odds even more towards new bonds winning. There are more of them.

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  • omits
    Love rating 0
    omits said

    Somewhere on this site there is a probability table showing how much one gets depending on amount invested. Where is it?

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  • Meanmachine2
    Love rating 39
    Meanmachine2 said

    Having had Premium Bonds since the 70s and only ever had one £50 win some years ago I too have noticed that all the decent wins these days seem to be the most recently purchased Bonds.

    I am thinking of cashing them in and buying a new lot.

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  • PoohBah
    Love rating 23
    PoohBah said

    Further to my previous post when I mentioned that I had won prizes (at different times) with consecutive numbers from the same £5 bond, in February I won a £25 prize with the same number that won £50 some years earlier. So lightning really does strike twice. (FWIW it's on a £400 bond bought in July 1995, which has now won 8 prizes over the years.)

    @meanmachine2 clearly does not understand that his/her new bonds will stand the same chance of winning as the old bonds - slightly less, in fact, as they will not qualify for the first draw after they are purchased. The only reason that old numbers appear less often is that fewer of them are in the draw.

    I am also amused by the contributors who still assert that they have held bonds since before they first existed.

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