NS&I premium bond winners for December 2019 have been released, meaning two people have become instant millionaires. But how can you check the winning numbers for this festive month to see if you are one of the lucky winners in the prize draw?
The Premium Bonds winning numbers for December have been published and with more than £96 million up for grabs, it is important to check if you have one of the lucky winning numbers. There are two winners who became instant millionaires in December’s prize draw. But who won the December 2019 Premium Bonds draw?
The total number of prizes in December is more than 3.4 million worth a total of £98,443,125.
Two people scooped the £1 million jackpot this month.
The first was a man from Stockport with the winning bond number 309GV354472.
The bond was purchased in August 2017 and the man has invested £36,000 in Premium Bonds.
The second millionaire winner for December is a man from Hampshire and Isle of Wight with the winning bond number 210SF254870.
He purchased his winning bond in August 2013.
This lucky winner holds the maximum amount in Premium Bonds with a total holding of £50,000.
Elsewhere in the draw, six people won prizes of £100,000, 11 people secured a payout of £50,000 and 24 people won £25,000.
NS&I says that close to 3.4 million other tax-free prizes between £25 and £100,000 will also be paid out this December.
In total for the December 2019 draw, £98,443,125 will be paid out.
But how can you check if you are a winner?
Customers can use the prize checker on the NS&I website here.
You can also download the official Premium Bonds prize checker app, which is free on iOS or Android.
Amazon Alexa owners are also able to check if they have won via the new NS&I Premium Bonds prize checker skill on the device.
To do this you need to enter your details and then simply ask Alexa if you’ve won.
She will also let you know what you have won in the previous six draws and if you have any unclaimed prizes.
What are Premium Bonds?
Premium Bonds are a government-paid interest bond issued by the National Savings and Investment agency and prizes range from £25 to £1,000,000.
You can buy a bond for £50 via standing order (£100 minimum otherwise).
Each bond is worth £1 and the more you buy the more your odds improve.
You have full control over the Bond and can take your money out whenever you wish.
The interest is paid by the government into a fund from which a monthly lottery awards tax-free prizes to bond-holders whose numbers are picked at random.
The winning numbers are generated by a machine called ERNIE – Electronic Number Indicator Equipment, which was invented by one of the original Bletchley Park code breakers in 1956 when the bonds were introduced.
Since then, ERNIE has picked the numbers for 398 million prizes estimated to be around £18.2billion.