Premium Bond prize winners for August 2019 revealed and there's two new millionaires

TWO lucky Brits have become millionaires overnight after scoring the top Premium Bonds prize in August's draw.

The winners of the £1million windfall is a man from Hertfordshire and a woman from Cheshire West and Chester.

The Hertfordshire winner has invested £19,900 into the scheme since joining and purchase the winning bond – that had the number 287NJ414708 – back in November 2016.

August's second winner, from Chester, bought the winning bond numbered 105VW884980 13 years ago, back in January 2006.

She currently has £30,000 in her account and is the eighth millionaire from the region – and the second to scoop the top prize within a year.

NS&I, the firm behind Premium Bonds, say it's handed out more than 3million tax-free prizes this month valued between £25 and £100,000.

This includes six £1,000 jackpots, ten £50,000 prizes and £25,000 was handed out to 23 winners.

NS&I has already alerted this month's winners by email if they're registered with an online account, or by letter if not.

Jill Waters, retail director at NS&I, said: "A big part of what makes Premium Bonds such a special product is its ability to surprise and delight – not only for this month’s two millionaire winners but for all those who have received one of the 3million-plus tax-free prizes paid out this month.

“Whether you have been lucky enough to win this month or not, Premium Bonds can help to create exciting adventures and opportunities for our customers, whether they’re winning big or regularly tucking away pockets of savings."

How can I buy Premium Bonds?

PREMIUM Bonds can be bought from National Saving and Investments (NS&I) which offers a variety of savings accounts.

If you want to get in on the action, you can buy them online or over the phone by calling 08085 007 007.

This is a freephone number and calls to it from the UK are free from both landlines and mobiles.

You can also buy by post.

Existing customers can also buy by bank transfer and standing order.

Each investment must be at least £25. You can put money in and take it out whenever you want and how much you earn is decided by a monthly prize draw.

Since February 2019, the minimum investment you can make is £25, dropped from £100.

The maximum you can invest in Premium Bonds is £50,000.

But the firm is also urging all account holders to check whether they've previously won a share of the £62million pot of unclaimed prizes.

This may have been because winners have moved house or changed email address and never received the letters or emails from NS&I.

These missing prizes could have been won at any point over the past 62 years since the scheme began back in June 1957.

Players will need to use the NS&I's online prize checker to find out whether they're a winner, or they can ask Amazon Alexa using their NS&I number.

More than 70,000 new savers under the age of 16 have signed up to Premium Bonds in six months – but are they really better than a regular savings account?

For more information, check out our guide to the best children's savings accounts.

Or if you're after other ways to save yourself, here are four alternatives to Premium Bonds – we reveal how to win big on your savings.

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