The Premium Bonds prize draw for January 2020 have been released, with many people likely rushing to see whether they’ve scooped a prize this month. Some details of this month’s high level winners have been published online – and this includes some insight into who scooped the jackpot prizes.
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Up for grabs at the highest prize level this time were two payouts of £1million each.
While their anonymity has been ensured, there are some clues about who these lucky savers are.
This month, a person who is male and from Hertfordshire has been named as a millionaire.
They had £40,000 invested, NS&I has revealed.
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Premium Bonds: Some may use the NS&I app to check the results of the draw (Image: NS&I)
The other winner is female, from the area of Cheshire East, and has the maximum of £50,000 invested.
In January, the prize fund exceed £99million, with the total number of prizes available this time reaching more than 3.4million.
As well as the two £1million payouts, there were also six winners of a whopping £100,000 prize each.
NS&I has said that these particular high value winners are from the area of Preston, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Greater Manchester, South West Wales, and West Sussex.
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The prize levels of Premium Bonds range from £25 to £1million.
According to NS&I, the odds of winning per £1 Bond number are 24,500 to one.
There are limits surrounding the investment in Premium Bonds.
The minimum amount a person can hold is £25, while the maximum per person is £50,000.
Premium Bonds: NS&I reveals the results of the prize draw at the beginning of the month (Image: NS&I)
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In the NS&I’s Premium Bonds brochure, it states that if a person wins, they will let the holder of the Premium Bonds know by email, text message of post.
A person can also check whether they have won on the NS&I website or prize checker app.
Should a child under 16 hold Premium Bonds, then any documentation, any prizes won, and payment for cashed in Premium Bonds would be sent either to the parent or guardian who bought the Bonds, or the parent or guardian nominated to manage the Premium Bonds by the person who bought them.
Premium Bonds: There are a number of ways to check for Premium Bonds prizes (Image: NS&I)
If a person has an Amazon Alexa, then NS&I suggests Premium Bonds holders look out for the Premium Bonds prize checker skill.
This is because, once the skill is enabled, they can check for prizes, as well as find out when the next results are available, and if they have any unclaimed prizes.
If a person wins a £1million jackpot, then NS&I sends their “Agent Million” to visit the winner in person.
NS&I tells readers on its website to remember to ask for this visitor’s ID before they celebrate.