NS&I has announced some details about the high value prize winners for the December 2023 Premium Bonds prize draw, including the two savers who have woken up £1million richer.
This month, the first £1million jackpot winner came from York.
They purchased the Winning Bond - 481BJ590233 - in December 2021.
The second jackpot winner is from Essex, having bought the Winning Bond - 28FD335334 - in March 2000.
Premium Bonds savers can use NS&I's prize checker app to check for unclaimed prizes
Among the second highest value prize winners, who scooped £100,000 each, were several savers who had only bought their Winning Bond this year.
This includes a winner from Avon, who bought the 549SC328491 Bond this August.
There was a total of 91 winners of a £100,000 prize this month and 181 people won a £50,000 prize.
Andrew Westhead, NS&I Retail Director, said: “A very big well done and congratulations to this month’s millionaires from York and Essex. We hope they each enjoy their jackpot win from ERNIE, just in time to make this Christmas season extra special.
"It’s been a bumper year for Premium Bonds and we end 2023 with more than 63 million prizes drawn, worth over £4.6billion."
Laura Suter, head of personal finance at AJ Bell, said: “Savers should brace themselves for rate cuts on NS&I accounts and for the Premium Bonds prize fund to fall – as the Government-backed provider has already exceeded its fundraising target for the tax year.
The latest unaudited quarterly results showed a half-year total of £9.8billion, with the Net Financing target for the tax year standing at £7.5billion (+/- £3billion).
Ms Suter added: “It gives the provider generous wiggle-room of £3billion either side of that target, meaning it can only raise another £700million in the next six months before it breaches its extended target.
“All this technical detail has a direct impact on savers, who will see NS&I accounts become less attractive in the coming months.
“The Government-backed provider raises rates to draw more savers in – if it doesn’t need to attract any more money it will cut those rates.”