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Premium Bonds checker: How to check August premium bonds winning numbers

The August Premium Bond numbers have been drawn and this month’s £1million winners are both from outer London. 

The first winner, a woman, holds the bond numbered 193WA458843. 

She bought the golden ticket in June 2012, and has £29,700 invested.

The second winner is a man with the number 247YN655471.

He bought his bond in June 2015 and has the maximum £50,000 invested. 

They aren’t the only winners for the August draw, however, as thousands of pounds have been won. 

One person in Cambridgeshire has won £10,000 on an investment of just £100. 

To check whether you’re one of the lucky ones, you can head to the NS&I website here

You can also download the free prize checker app or write to NS&I, Glasgow, G58 1SB. 

And its worth checking – the NS&I report having £58.6 million in unclaimed bond prize money.

There is one winner from the August 2014 draw – Bond number 5FZ109702 – worth £100,00 which has never been claimed. 

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), and with each bond worth £1, 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 numbers are generated by a machine named ERNIE – Electronic Number Indicator Equipment.

ERNIE 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.


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