NS&I Finds The Luckiest Premium Bonds Regions
on: August 28, 2009, 7:10 am
Author: National Savings & Investments
has released a list of the luckiest regions for winning Premium
Bonds prizes showing that those firstly in the South West, and
then in the East Midlands, win more Premium Bonds prizes of £1000
or more, than the rest of the UK. Ranking as third luckiest was
Wales, while the North East of England emerged as the least lucky
of all the regions.
Swait, Premium Bonds manager at NS&I, commented: "Each
month ERNIE randomly generates the winning Premium Bonds numbers
from his home in Blackpool, where all eligible Bonds - regardless
of their age - have an equal chance of winning.
last year has seen the South West region receive the greatest
luck in having their numbers come up, though all other regions
were not without their own significant wins. As the numbers are
generated randomly each month, we may very well see a change in
the rankings of the luckiest regions in the UK next year."
NS&I also discovered that there are currently more than 599,000
Bonds prizes across the UK, worth over £35 million.
good news is that there is no time limit for claiming prizes.
Premium Bonds results can be found by using the Premium
Bonds draw prize checker or writing in to NS&I.
Bonds are an investment where, instead of interest payments,
investors have the chance to win tax-free prizes. They were officially
launched by Harold Macmillan, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in
his 1956 budget.
the end of June 2009, more than 23 million people had a total
of over £40 billion invested in Premium Bonds. There are
currently more than one million tax-free prizes from £25
to £1 million being won each month.
Notes to editors
Calculations for the luckiest regions data is based on the total
value of prizes (£1000 and more) won by counties with at
least 100,000 Premium Bond holdings. Information is for the period
July 2008 - June 2009.
current Premium Bonds prize fund rate is 1.0% tax-free. The current
odds of each £1 Bond number winning any prize are 36,000
to 1, so with average luck, an investor with £30,000 in
Premium Bonds could win 10 tax-free prizes a year.
Premium Bonds prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains
NS&I is one of the largest UK investments and savings organisations,
offering a range of savings accounts and investments products,
including fixed rate savings bonds, fixed term investments, Premium
Bonds, savings certificates, and ISAs to almost 27 million customers.
Established in 1861.
further information contact:
National Savings and Investments
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