Thursday July 3, 2008
When I worked on my cash portfolio project a little while back I lodged a fair proportion of them into National Savings Premium Bonds. This is a Treasury-backed savings scheme where you invest your cash and, rather than being paid out piecemeal, the interest is used to fund a monthly prize draw, with cash prizes paid to bond holders tax free; rather like a lottery except you get to keep your wager. It’s fun and, over a period of time, yields about the same as a low-interest secure bond, but with a chance to ‘win a million’.
So, yesterday, the first of my five batches of bonds went into its first draw, and with a little spark of powdered, randomized pixels, out popped a win of £100!
“Oh, wow!” I said. “Do you think it’s an omen?”
“Could be. What will you do with it?”
“Oh, when I’ve sniffed it I’ll stick it straight back in the pot on the principle that lucky money is lucky money.”
“Sounds good to me. What will you win next month?”
“I’m not greedy. Any old million will do me nicely. Doesn’t pay to be fussy about the odd million in these strange days.”
“You never said a truer word.”
“Yes I did.”