The New Year was off to a very good start for two people living in the south of England thanks to the latest Premium Bonds draw.
The first day of 2017 saw two lucky bond holders crowned millionaires, kicking off the new year in style!
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The first winner was a woman from West Sussex with £31,020 invested with the winning bond (No. 244PR471632) bought in April 2015.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was the home of the second winner who had an investment of £9,375 bought the winning bond (No. 246AD564653) in May 2015.
Prize and value breakdown in January 2017
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In Hampshire and Isle of Wight there are 35,837 unclaimed prizes worth more than £1.4 million. The highest value unclaimed prize in the region is £10,000, won by a woman in August 2012, who has £29,992 invested.
In West Sussex, 18,759 prizes totalling more than £758,000 are still unclaimed, the highest of which is £25,000 won by man in the April 2008 draw, who owns £24,375 worth of Premium Bonds.
If you're worried about missing out on a unclaimed Premium Bonds prize then get rid of the stress by registering to have any prizes paid directly into your bank account. Find out more about how to do that here.
And don't worry, it won't just sit there until you check your finances, you'll also get an email notifying you of your win!
You can also head to the NS&I website to check whether you've won on your Bonds here.