Durham premium bond winner yet to claim prize from 1979

Do you have premium bonds that could be winners?

Do you have premium bonds that could be winners?

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THOUSANDS of people in the North East are prizewinners, but do not even realise it.

There are 740,000 unclaimed Premium Bond prizes in the UK, totalling more than £40million, according to National Savings & Investments (NS&I).

In Tyne and Wear there are more than 7,000 unclaimed Premium Bond prizes worth more than £407,000.

There is a man from the region who is still due to receive £10,000 after failing to claim his prize in a previous draw.

He has £320 invested in Premium Bonds and the prize was won back in July 2004.

In Durham there are more than 4,000 unclaimed prizes, worth about £219,000.

One man from the county is still due to receive £1,000 after failing to claim his prize in a previous draw.

He has only £2 invested and the prize was won in September 1979.

NS&I Operations Manager Jill Waters said: “It is likely that many of the winners are unaware or have forgotten that they have Premium Bonds.

“Prizes often become unclaimed as a result of people moving house, or forgetting that bonds have been bought for them as a child, or executors are unaware the bonds are held when someone dies.”

A prize checker is available online at www.nsandi.com.