As the cold settles in across the UK, many of us will be facing frightening heating bills. But with the Premium Bonds numbers out, some lucky winners won’t have to worry about that too much. And with prizes ranging from £1 million to £5,000, there will be plenty of happy investors this month.
How to check your numbers
To check if you’ve won anything, head to the NS&I website HERE.
The winning £1m numbers
The first winner of the £1,000,000 jackpot is a male from Humberside.
He won on the winning bond number 196XA565201.
He invested £30,000 in total, and bought the winning bond number in September 2012.
The second winner of the £1,000,000 jackpot is a male from Devon.
He won on the winning bond number 227WY227831.
He invested £40,000 in total, and bought the winning bond number in July 2014.
But they aren’t the only winners.
More than £3.2 million in prize money is ready to be doled out for February.
What are Premium Bonds?
Premium Bonds are a government-paid interest bond issued by the National Savings and Investment agency and prizes range from £25 to £1,000,000.
You can buy a bond for £50 via standing order (£100 minimum otherwise), and with each bond worth £1, the more you buy the more your odds improve.
You have full control over the Bond and can take your money out whenever you wish.
The interest is paid by the government into a fund from which a monthly lottery awards tax-free prizes to bond-holders whose numbers are picked at random.
The numbers are generated by a machine named ERNIE – Electronic Number Indicator Equipment.
ERNIE was invented by one of the original Bletchley Park code breakers in 1956 when the bonds were introduced.
Since then, ERNIE has picked the numbers for 398 million prizes estimated to be around £18.2billion.