A WOMAN in Wiltshire has won £1million after becoming one of the first Premium Bonds jackpot winners of 2018.

The Wiltshire resident has had Premium Bonds since 2002 and is the first winner from Wiltshire in three years. She has joined a man from Kent to become the 377th and 378th winners in the regular draw in which people get the chance to win money by investing in Premium Bonds.

Jill Waters, retail director at NS&I, said:“It is great that two people in Kent and Wiltshire have been able to celebrate the New Year more than usual, with an unexpected surprise on New Year’s Day.”

It was also revealed that there are 1.4 million unclaimed prizes worth more than £57.5 million for Premium Bond holders across the country. In Wiltshire there are outstanding prizes dating as far back as 1969, with the highest unclaimed prize worth £5,000 belonging to a woman with £1,505 invested in the scheme. Three other people from the county each have unclaimed prizes of £1,000.