898,000 of Premium Bond prizes left unclaimed

A woman from London has failed to claim £100,000 won in February 2007, are you missing out too?

More than £44million of Premium Bonds prizes of up to £100,000 in value have not been claimed, NS&I has revealed.

Among the 898,000 winners who have failed to step forward, is a woman from London who won £100,000 in February 2007 from an investment of £25.

The oldest unclaimed prize dates back to November 1957 where £25 is awaiting a man from South Yorkshire.


The Government's savings and investment vehicle is now undergoing a nationwide search to alert winners of the money waiting for them.

Over a third of the UK population has invested more than £45 billion in Premium Bonds. Every Bond is entered into the monthly prize draw to win tax-free cash prizes.

Top 5 highest unclaimed prizes in the UK
 

Winning Bond number
Prize value
Gender
Last known location
Present Premium Bond holding
Month and year of draw
8LK522839
£100,000
Female
London
£25
February 2007
50PB780494
£100,000
Female
Greater Manchester
£280
September 2010
3VT019901
£50,000
Female
Kent
£128
November 2007
1JK051177
£25,000
Male
London
£50
October 1991
38HZ060777
£25,000   
Male
West Midlands
£2,000
March 2003


Top 5 oldest unclaimed prizes in the UK


Winning Bond number
Prize value
Gender
County
Present Premium Bond holding
Month and year of draw
VN199709
£25
Male
South Yorkshire
£100
November 1957
AK956009
£100
Male
London
£7
June 1960
BN124135
£25
Female
London
£2
July 1960
1EB770826
£25
Male
Oxfordshire
£10
July 1960
AK864669
£25
Male
Staffordshire
£1
July 1960


The prizes often go unclaimed when Premium Bond holders don’t inform NS&I of a change in contact details.


Those holding a bond can help to make sure their prize doesn’t go unclaimed by having money paid directly into their bank accounts. You can check for prizes on the NS&I website.

“Prizes often become unclaimed as a result of people moving house, or forgetting that Bonds have been bought for them as a child, or executors are unaware the Bonds are held when someone dies,” said Jill Waters, NS&I’s operations manager.