Payment of Premium Bond prizes via BACS: successful

I can report that I have received a premium bond prize direct to my bank
account, being the first time via BACS. No more waiting for cheques in
the post, no more cheques getting lost, no more having to pay the cheque
in, no more wasted paper and postage, and much quicker payment.
NS&I offered BACS payment of prizes as part of the online/phone
registration that appeared in late December 2010.
I did my setup with paper application, I got the letters back from NS&I
(passwords & ids), and did the set-up online. The setup online was a
bit tortuous, but you get there.
The prize draw is done on the first working day of the month (1 Feb).
I got an e-mail on 3 Feb, and the payment turns up on the 9th, within 4
working days (they said 3 days but a day is not serious, especially as
it's now cleared funds whereas the warrants used to take 4 days to clear
when presented), and within the seventh working day of the month which
is what they quote on the website. So, pretty quick and as promised in
their time-scales.
Long may it continue!
The reference on the payment in my bank account was: "NS PB PZ PAYS"
which is fairly understandable, but they could perhaps come up with
something better than that.
Info on the new system is at:
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(no connection with NS&I other than as a customer)
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And instead of a "new" re-invested bond, I got a "Premium Bond Record" detailing all of the bonds that I have bought and have been re-invested for me in the past 10 years.
Apparently, I can now throw away all the paper bonds that I have accumulated and just keep this list.
Not sure that I trust that system!
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I tend to agree, so will hang onto my paper PB certificates for a while yet. OTOH, we all trust a piece of paper (soon to become a PDF if the banks have their way) called a bank statement that says we have such-and-such an amount of money. Is there a difference?
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