A man from Humberside and another from Devon have become the lucky Premium Bonds February 2019 winners. In the February draw, some 3,223,731 prizes worth £92,144,925 were awarded. The Humberside winner bought £30,000 worth of bonds in September 2012 and his winning bond has been steadily growing since then.
He is only the third ever jackpot winner from the Humberside region. The previous winers of the top prize came back in December 2006 and September 2011.
His winning bond number is 196XA565201.
The second winner in February is a man from Devon who invested £40,000 in July 2014 – his winning bond number is 227WY22783.
The two men are the 403rd and 404th winners of the £1 million jackpot.
NS&I’s retail director Jilly Waters said: “February is the month known for St Valentines, and savers continue to show their love for Premium Bonds, resulting in a record pay out of prizes this month.
“Over three million prizes have been drawn by ERNIE who is responsible for spreading love all over the country, but his generosity will be most felt by the two lucky Premium Bonds holders in Humberside and Devon who received a special visit from Agent Million to hand-deliver the £1 million windfall.”
How do I check if I have won?
Every year, there are thousands of prizes from premium bond draws left unclaimed. Currently, there are 1.4 million prizes that are yet to be claimed in the UK, worth more than £58.9 million.
To check if you are one of the lucky Premium Bond winners for the June draw, simply type in your Premium Bond holder’s number in the Premium Bond prize checker on the NS&I website.
If you don’t want to check online, you can send a letter to NS&I, noting your full name and address, date of birth and your Premium Bonds holder’s number, to check the results.
Investors can also download the prize checker app for free on both the App Store and Google Play to see if they have won the Premium Bond prize draw.
How are premium bonds winners chosen?
Every premium bond has an equal chance of winning a prize. Winning bonds are chosen at random from the total pool each month.
To ensure the decision is truly random – and not influenced by bias, or based on a pattern – the NS&I uses a random-number generator, known as ERNIE.
ERNIE – which stands for Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment – generates a list of numbers each month. These numbers are then matched in order against eligible bond numbers to produce winners.