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LONDON, ENGLAND, June 05, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- NS&I's June jackpot of GBP1million has been paid to a Surrey resident, who bought his winning bond in March 2006.
The winner, a gentleman from Surrey who wishes to remain anonymous, became ERNIE's 233rd Premium Bond millionaire. He said of the win: "When Agent Million knocked on my door and told me that I'd won the jackpot I thought it was a practical joke! I'm still in shock but once the news sinks in I cannot wait to share the good fortune by treating my family to a lovely summer holiday."
In Surrey, more than 535,300 people hold Premium Bonds worth GBP1.4 billion. There are more than 13,500 unclaimed Premium Bonds in total worth at least GBP796,000. This is the 13th time that the GBP1 million jackpot has been won in Surrey.
In March, NS&I announced that from the April prize draw onwards, one of the two monthly GBP1 million Premium Bond jackpot prizes will be replaced by a wider mix of other prizes in the monthly draws.
Similarly, a new GBP25 Premium Bonds prize has been introduced to the draws alongside the existing prizes (ranging from GBP50 to GBP1 million). These changes have been introduced because Premium Bond holders say that maintaining the chances of winning tax-free prizes on a regular basis is particularly important to them.
In June's draw ERNIE paid out more than 1.1 million prizes, amounting to more than GBP33 million in value. There were 40,520,994,477 eligible numbers in the Premium Bond draw.
Notes to editors:
1. In June there were 1,125,583 prizes and a total prize fund of GBP33,767,475.
2. All Premium Bonds prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax.
3. Pictures of ERNIE (including the new ERNIE 4 machine), Agent Million and people buying Premium Bonds are available in high-resolution jpeg format from the NS&I media team.
National Savings and Investments is one of the largest savings organisations in the UK, offering a range of savings and investments to almost 27 million customers. NS&I is best known for Premium Bonds, but also offers a range of savings accounts including easy access savings accounts, savings bonds, investment accounts and children's bonus bonds. All products offer 100% capital security, because NS&I is backed by HM Treasury.
Further information and digital images are available from the NS&I media team. An ISDN line is available for interviews.
Source: National Savings and Investments
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