More than £44m in Premium Bonds prizes still unclaimed

Thousands of Brits up and down the country check their Lotto numbers with crossed fingers and toes, but while you're wishing and hoping that your numbers come up, you could be sitting on a windfall.

£44m in Premium Bonds prize still unclaimed

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According to National Savings & Investments, a massive £44m in Premium Bonds prize money is still unclaimed. A total of 898,000 prizes have yet to be claimed by their lucky owners, and while the average winnings amount to just £50, several prizes of £25,000 and £50,000 are waiting for a home.

One woman, last known to be living in London, has yet to claim a £100,000 prize dating back to 2007.

NS&I is urging anybody who has ever invested in the Government scheme to check their Bonds to see if they have won a prize.

Jill Waters, operations manager at NS&I, told the Daily Mail: "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."

Potential winners can check to see if they are a winner by using the search facility on the NS&I website and entering their Premium Bond holder's number, or writing the NS&I with their Premium Bond numbers, name, current address, and any previous names or addresses.

So if you think may be in line for a tax-free pay-out, it could be worth sifting through those old and long-forgotten documents - you could be sitting on a small fortune.

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