NS&I premium bonds: January 2021 results and winners - and how to use the prize checker
Find out if you won big this month with the NS&I prize checker
Premium Bonds continue to be popular, with some 23 million small investors hoping for a shot at the £1 million top prize.
Two bonds owners claimed the top prize this month.
The first winning bond was 330VT557685 and was claimed by a women from the West of Scotland. The other winning bond was 135RY390643 and claimed by a Barnet resident.
Here's how to find out if you were lucky in this month’s draw.
What are Premium Bonds?
Premium Bonds are currently issued by the government's National Savings and Investments (NS&I) agency.
The government pays interest into a bond fund from which a monthly lottery distributes tax-free prizes to bondholders whose numbers are selected randomly by a machine called ERNIE (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment).
The idea is that rather than a stake being gambled, as in a usual lottery, it is the interest on the bonds that is distributed.
For more information on Premium Bonds, head to the NS&I website
How to check if you have Premium Bonds
If you think there is a chance that you could have Premium Bonds, but you are not sure, there is a tracking service on the NS&I website.
To check if you have any bonds you need to fill out a form with your personal details and send it off. If you do have Premium Bonds, then you will be contacted.
How to check if you have won a prize
An unclaimed prize is classified as one that has not been claimed within 18 months of it being won. There is no time limit to making a claim.
NS&I, which runs Premium Bonds, contacts winners when they have a prize to claim, however sometimes this does not work if contact details are not up-to-date or letters get lost in the post.
And sometimes people may not know that they could potentially be due a letter, having forgotten about bonds they bought a long time ago or were given as a gift.
If you know you have bonds and want to find out if you are owed a prize, you can also do this on the NS&I website.
To do so you need your unique holder’s number, which can be found on your bond record or by logging into your account on the NS&I website.
It is a nine or 10 digit number, or an eight digit number with a letter at the end.
You then need to enter this number into the prize checker and it will tell you whether you are due to claim a prize or not.
You can also use your NS&I number to check if you have won a prize, but this can only be done in the app and not on the website.
If you have an NS&I number, you'll find it on most communications you've had with them.If you only know your bond numbers, or have lost your documents, then the only way to find out if you have won a prize is to write to NS&I and request a bond record.
When are prizes drawn?
Premium Bond prizes are drawn at the start of each month.
The big prize winning numbers – between £5,000 and £1 million – are shared with the media first.
Winners will find out the size of their fortunes when they are contacted by an NS&I worker on the day before the first working day of the month.