Premium Bonds: March winners announced

Premium Bond winners accounced

Two Premium Bond holders in Devon and Outer London will be celebrating the start of spring in style, after each winning a £1 million top prize in March's Premium Bonds draw. They have become the 357th and 358th millionaires since the jackpot was introduced in 1994.

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The winner from Devon is a woman with the maximum holding of £50,000, whose winning Bond was purchased in January 2016 (winning Bond number: 264BD750537). She becomes the 12th person from the county to win the top prize, and the first since last April.

The successful millionaire from Outer London follows hot on the heels of a jackpot winner from the region just last month. The lucky man holds £35,012 in Premium Bonds, with the winning Bond purchased in July 2014, and the winning Bond number: 227QD676218.

There were a total of over 2.2 million prizes paid out this month, worth more than £70 million. They also included three prizes of £100,000, six of £50,000, 13 of £25,000 and 29 of £10,000. There were over 2.1 million prizes of £25.

Have you won?

Premium Bonds holders can check to see if they have won a prize in this month's draw, any of the draws in the last six months, or if they have any unclaimed prizes for free online. Alternatively they can download the Prize Checker app, free from Google Play or the Apple Store.

As well as this month's prizes, you can also check for any unclaimed prizes that you may have lost touch with. There are over 1.3 million unclaimed prizes worth more than £54 million currently waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners.

In Devon, the oldest unclaimed prize belongs to a woman from a draw in February 1965, which is worth £25. The highest unclaimed prizes include a £25,000 win from May 2014 for a man with just £20 invested, as well as a £5,000 win for a woman in the county from October 2014.

The largest unclaimed prize in Outer London is £100,000, and was won by a woman in the February 2007 draw - she only has £25 invested in Premium Bonds. There are also a further four unclaimed prizes worth £10,000 and five £5,000 prizes remaining unclaimed in the region. The oldest prize that remains unclaimed was from a draw in November 1961, and was £25 belonging to a man with £40 invested.

Jill Waters, Retail Director at NS&I, said: "As well as the top prizes, there are still over 21,000 prizes in Devon and more than 153,000 in Outer London that remain unclaimed, worth in excess of £830,000 and £6.2 million respectively.

"As people across the UK think about an annual spring clean, they may come across some old paperwork or Premium Bonds certificates. If they haven't already, Premium Bond holders can register online at to manage their Bonds, as well as choosing to have all future prizes paid directly into their bank account."

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Biggest UK lottery winners

Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.

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