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Premium Bonds December 2018: How to check if you have won December Premium Bonds | Personal Finance | Finance

A woman from Kent is the 400th Premium Bonds millionaire with the winning numbers 336ED173008, after holding of £5,300 in the scheme. A second winner was another woman from London who landed the top prize with a winning ticket of 122EX485646. She has £40,000 invested in the bonds overall, but her winning numbers were bought in January 2017 as part of a £5,000 investment. 

How can you check if you have won?

People can check if they have any unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes on the NS&I website at www.nsandi.com.

People can also download the free prize Checker app or write to NS&I, Glasgow, G58 1SB.

There are over 1.5 million unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes that worth more than £60 million.

There are over 190,000 unclaimed prizes worth nearly £7.8 million in London alone, which date back to December 1958 and have a prize of £100.

The highest unclaimed prize in the capital is £50,000 and was won in May 2016.

The winner has £9,175 invested in Premium Bonds. There is also one £25,000 prize and four prizes of £10,000 waiting to be claimed.

Over in Kent, there are also 39,000 unclaimed prizes worth £1.5m, which all the way back to April 1959.

What are Premium Bonds?

Premium Bonds are a savings account you can put money into and take out whenever you want.

Any interest paid is then decided by a prize draw every month.

People buy £1 bonds which each have an equal chance of winning, so it’s better to buy more in order to have more of a chance of winning.

Winners are picked by a random number generating computer called Ernie (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment).

The prize money represents the amount that would be paid in interest if premium bonds were regular government bonds.

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