The burden of a financially-heavy festive period will be removed for two lucky Premium Bond winners this December. And with prizes ranging from £1 million to £5,000, there will be plenty of merry Christmases as 2019 draws to a close.
The winning £1m numbers
This month’s first millionaire to receive the good news is a male based in Stockport.
The winning Bond number is 309GV354472 and was purchased in August 2017.
December’s second jackpot winner is a man from Hampshire & Isle of Wight, with the winning Bond number being 210SF254870.
He purchased his winning Bond six years ago in August 2013.
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.