London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 03, 2009 -- NS&I's June jackpot of Â£1million has been paid to a Surrey resident, who bought his winning bond in March 2006.
The winner, a gentleman from Surrey who wishes to remain anonymous, became ERNIE's 233rd Premium Bond millionaire. He said of the win: "When Agent Million knocked on my door and told me that I'd won the jackpot I thought it was a practical joke! I'm still in shock but once the news sinks in I cannot wait to share the good fortune by treating my family to a lovely summer holiday."
In Surrey, more than 535,300 people hold Premium Bonds worth Â£1.4 billion. There are more than 13,500 unclaimed Premium Bonds [http://www.nsandi.com/products/pb/unclaimedprizes.jsp] in total worth at least Â£796,000. This is the 13th time that the Â£1 million jackpot has been won in Surrey.
In March, NS&I [http://www.nsandi.com/index.jsp] announced that from the April prize draw onwards, one of the two monthly Â£1 million Premium Bond jackpot prizes will be replaced by a wider mix of other prizes in the monthly draws.
Similarly, a new Â£25 Premium Bonds [http://www.nsandi.com/products/pb/index.jsp] prize has been introduced to the draws alongside the existing prizes (ranging from Â£50 to Â£1 million). These changes have been introduced because Premium Bond holders say that maintaining the chances of winning tax-free prizes on a regular basis is particularly important to them.
In June's draw ERNIE paid out more than 1.1 million prizes, amounting to more than Â£33 million in value. There were 40,520,994,477 eligible numbers in the Premium Bond draw [http://www.nsandi.com/news/pbnotice.jsp].
1. In June there were 1,125,583 prizes and a total prize fund of Â£33,767,475. 2. All Premium Bonds prizes are free of UK Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax. 3. Pictures of ERNIE (including the new ERNIE 4 machine), Agent Million and people buying Premium Bonds are available in high-resolution JPEG format from the NS&I media team.