Prize winner locations
Where are all the prize winners?
When we publish our monthly list of high value Premium Bonds prize winners, we provide general details about the area each winner comes from.
To protect winners’ anonymity and help keep their personal details confidential, we only list an area when there are at least 100,000 Premium Bonds holders living there.
Each customer is assigned to a town, local authority, county or Government Standard Region and country. When a winner is assigned to a town with less than 100,000 holders assigned to it, then we use the following hierarchy until we find a level where that area has at least 100,000 Premium Bonds holders:
Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF) Town
Level 2 County or Local Authority
Level 3 Government Standard Region
Level 4 Country
For large towns and cities that are divided into local authorities or boroughs, we quote the area with the fewest customers over the 100,000 reporting limit. This may mean the list quotes a local authority area or borough instead of the town or city.
For Premium Bonds holders living outside the UK, we only publish the country when there are at least 100,000 holders living there. Otherwise, we publish the area as ‘overseas’.
We update the list of areas from time to time as the number of Premium Bonds holders in each area changes.
Prize draw details
The table below shows the value of the individual prizes together with the estimated number of prizes of each value for the May 2017 draw, as an example. We’ll update this estimate every three months or whenever we change the prize fund interest rate, prize values, odds or prize distribution.
|Prize band||Prize value||Number of prizes|
|Higher value (5% of prize fund)||£1 million||2|
|Medium value (5% of prize fund)||£1,000||1,276|
|Lower value (90% of prize fund)||£100||20,729|
|Totals for May 2017 (estimated)||£63.8m||2,219,493|
We split the prizes into three value bands – higher, medium and lower – and allocate a percentage share of the monthly prize fund to each band.
Higher value band
We pay out two £1 million jackpots each month. We then divide the balance of the prize fund share allocated to the higher value band equally among the remaining prize values. First we work out the number of £100,000 prizes. When there is a balance that’s less than half of that prize value, we carry it over to the share for the £50,000 prizes. Or when there’s a balance that’s at least half of the prize value, we award an additional prize of £100,000. We do this by taking the shortfall from the share for the £50,000 prizes.
We then calculate the numbers of other prizes in this value band in the same way, from highest value to lowest value. When calculating the number of £5,000 prizes, any surplus or shortfall is added to or taken from the medium value band.
Medium value band
From the share of the prize fund allocated to this band, we calculate the number of prizes so that there is one £1,000 prize for every three £500 prizes. Any surplus is added to the share allocated to the lower value band.
Lower value band
We work out the number of lower value prizes so that there’s an equal number of £100 and £50 prizes, and that the total number of prizes of all values (including £25 prizes) is equal to the number of eligible £1 Bond units divided by the odds.
In the unlikely event of a shortfall in the total number of prizes, we may increase the share allocated to the lower value band and reduce the shares allocated to the higher and medium value bands. Any surplus will be carried forward to the prize fund for the following month.
The prize fund interest rate, prize values, odds of winning and the way we allocate the number of prizes of each value are all variable, so they may change from time to time. Please check this page regularly to keep up-to-date with any changes.
Winning Bond numbers
You can download lists of all winning Bond numbers for each of the last six months.
The files below contain the winning Premium Bonds numbers for the specified month, and no other prize information. Bear in mind that each zip file contains around 4,000 A4 pages.
Each year, we produce a list of the Bond numbers of all unclaimed prizes, dating back to June 1957. A prize that remains uncashed for 18 months is classed as unclaimed.
There are 1,287,803 prizes worth £53,411,450 won 18 months or more ago and 542 prizes worth £24,975 won 18 months or more ago by bondholders whose names are unknown.*
*Correct at the time published – October 2016