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Saver wins Premium Bond jackpot after just two months of waiting

Lucky Premium Bond holder scoops £1m jackpot in only the second draw joining an exclusive group of quick winners in the process…

  • Bonds must be held for a full month after purchase before entering the draw 
  • Surrey saver became just the 21st to win £1m inside the first two months  
  • One saver last July won at the first attempt, one of only 12 to do so 

A Surrey saver has become only the 21st Premium Bondholder in the 64-year history of the draw to win the £1million jackpot within the first two months of buying the eligible bond.

The saver turned a £10,000 holding purchased in February into one of the jackpot prizes over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Because Britain’s best-loved savings product must be held for a full month after purchase, last month would have been the first draw his £10,000 chunk would have been entered.

Party time: One Premium Bond saver secured a 9,900% return in just 2 months

The investment was added to an existing haul which meant he now holds £43,590 in total. 

However, the quick-fire win makes for a 9,900 per cent return on the £10,000 purchase, and a 2,194 per cent one on the full holding.

It means the winner from Surrey has become only the ninth Premium Bond saver since 1994 to win one of the two £1million monthly jackpots in the second draw their Bonds were eligible for.

The £1million prize was first introduced in 1994. This was scaled up to two £1million prizes in 2005.

A further 12 have received an even quicker visit from Agent Million, winning at the first attempt.

Of these 21, two have come in the last 12 months, with a saver from Tyne and Wear seeing a £20,000 investment in May 2020 coming good the same July, the first time they could’ve won.

On average, between the June 2020 and May 2021 draws, a millionaire waited 51 months from the date of purchase to their win.

However, there was a huge variety, from the lucky saver who secured a 4,900 per cent return in a month to someone from South Scotland whose patience paid off when a £5,000 holding purchased in March 2003 hit the jackpot last September.

How long did Premium Bond millionaires have to wait for their wins? 
Purchase date: £1m win date: Eligible months between purchase and win:  
Feb-21 May-21 2
Sep-18 May-21 28
Feb-18 Apr-21 37
Nov-20 Apr-21 4
Jul-17 Mar-21 45
Jul-17 Mar-21 45
Jun-20 Feb-21 7
Jun-17 Feb-21 43
May-18 Jan-21 31
Jan-08 Jan-21 155
Jun-20 Dec-20 5
Jan-16 Dec-20 58
Jun-13 Nov-20 89
Nov-16 Nov-20 47
Mar-17 Oct-20 44
Jun-14 Oct-20 75
Jul-15 Sep-20 61
Mar-03 Sep-20 209
Nov-10 Aug-20 128
Jun-18 Aug-20 25
May-20 Jul-20 1
Mar-17 Jul-20 39
Jan-17 Jun-20 38
Feb-20 Jun-20 3
Source: This is Money analysis of NS&I figures

The first time a Bondholder won the jackpot at the first attempt was in September 1994, when a saver from Essex purchased £5,025 worth of Bonds in July. 

It also happened twice in 2018, in March and November.

And one saver from Gloucestershire won at the first attempt in December 1995 with a holding of just £1,026, equating to a return of 99,900 per cent.

The other jackpot winner this month is a man from Wiltshire, who holds £34,000 and bought the lucky number in September 2018, which has left him with a little longer wait.

Premium Bonds Winners

Prize Area Value of bond
£1,000,000 Surrey £10,000
£1,000,000 Wiltshire £30,000
£100,000 Surrey £50,000
£100,000 York £40,000
£100,000 Devon £5,000
£100,000 Cambridgeshire £500
£100,000 Staffordshire £10,000
£50,000 Somerset £15,000

More May 2021 winners

View list of May 2021 winners

In total, some £89.8billion worth of prizes were paid out by Treasury backed National Savings & Investments this month in 3.12million prizes. Five savers won £100,000, 10 £50,000, 20 £25,000 and 49 £10,000.

Any individual £1 Bond has 34,500 to one odds of winning any tax-free prize of £25 or above in the monthly draw, with the effective annual rate sitting at 1 per cent. 

With best buy savings rates less than half that at the moment, those despondent at low returns may fancy chancing their arm at the hope of a win, although not everyone will do well, or see returns quite as quickly as this month’s jackpot winner. 

You can check if you’e won using the This is Money tool here.