Prize Bonds Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, you will get the basic to advance level information about Prize Bonds in the following four major Section
Questions Related to the Basics of Prize bonds
- How many draws are held in a year?
Answer: There are Four draws of each denomination (Rs.200/-, Rs.750/-, Rs.1,500/-, Rs.7,500/-, Rs.15,000/- & Rs.40,000/-) and Premium Prize Bonds i.e. 24 draws held at our field offices as per draw Schedule issued by CDNS.
- Who prints Prize Bonds?
Answer: Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC), Karachi, prints Prize bonds of all denominations with the approval of Govt. of Pakistan.
- Who holds the Prize Bond Draws?
Answer: The Committee constituted by CDNS consisted of officials of SBP BSC, Local/Regional Directorate of National Savings, and members from the local Chamber of Commerce & Industry hold the Draws.
- What is the purpose of the Prize Bonds Scheme?
Answer: The main purpose is to encourage public investment. It is a source of domestic borrowing for the Government.
- What types of prize bonds are not eligible for refund or face value?
Answer: Prize bonds are not eligible for payment if the same is less than half, forged or deliberately cut, mutilated, or tampered.
- What is the status of draws held on November 15, 2000?
Answer: Separate draw for each series of a denomination was held before November 2000. Now the draw is held under the Single Common Draw System.
- 7. What is the open market rate of Prize Bonds?
Answer: This is an illegal parallel market of prize bonds handling runs outside the bank’s premises which do not fall under SBP BSC Purview.
- Whether it is in accordance with Sharia principles?
Answer: Best known to the Sharia Scholars/ concerns.
- Is the prize-winning list available with brokers is authenticated?
- Is Prize Bond a registered or Bearer instrument?
Answer: A prize bond is a bearer instrument.
- Why during the Shut Period Prize Bonds remain available for sale outside SBP BSC (Bank)?
Answer: SBP BSC Offices are not affecting the sale of prize bonds during the shut period; however, some persons purchase it before the shut period and sell on premium in the open market during the shut period which is illegal.
- Are these brokers authorized to deal in the sale/ purchase of Prize Bonds?
- What are the security features of a prize bond?
Answer: These bonds are printed in the offset process on SPL made paper & would carry the following security features: In paper:
- Enlarge watermark,
- Micro-printed security thread
- Invisible colored fiber.
- Micro-printed tint in rainbow color
- Guilloche pattern
- Visible fluorescent rosette
- Invisible denomination print
- Numbering in red fluorescent ink.
- What is PSPC?
Answer: Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC) is a government organization that prints currency notes/prize bonds and other government securities.
- Why are the Prize bonds sent to PSPC?
Answer: Chemically and by some sophisticated means as the tempering in bonds has become more scientific, therefore, Prize bonds are sent to PSPC for verification. If they are declared forfeited then the action is taken against the claimant as per Bank’s rules.
- What is C.D.N.S?
Answer: Central Directorate of National Savings, Ministry of Finance, and Government of Pakistan is controlling/managing all government savings for the benefit of the General Public.
- What is the Public Debt Office?
Answer: Public Debt Office (PDO), deals with securities issued by the Government of Pakistan from time to time to raise debts enacted by Public Debt Act, 1944. Whereas it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to Government Securities issued by the Government
- Why are the prize bonds of Karachi Circle not paid in a manner as a Lahore circle’s prize bond?
Answer: There is no difference between Karachi and Lahore circles. However, Lahore PDO also allows payment of prize money against bonds of Karachi PDO after confirmation.
- Why are the prize bonds of the Karachi circle sold at the Lahore Office?
Answer: Only re-issuable bonds are entitled to be sold/encased at any Center of any circle.
- Why were the prize bonds of old denominations substituted with new ones?
Answer: Being a Government (Ministry of Finance) policy to introduce higher denomination Prize bonds having a huge amount of big prizes.
- What are the future prospects of Prize Bonds?
Answer: The scheme is fully owned by Govt. of Pakistan and has bright future prospects.
- What is the schedule of the draw?
Answer: The Schedule of draw contains Draw No, Place & date of draw.
- What are the various denominations and their respective prize money?
Answer: Presently six denominations of National Prize Bonds are in Circulation. The number of prizes & prize money there against as per Finance Division Notification No.F.20(4)GS-I/2008-2388 dated 29.11.2008 for the prize bonds Draws held on or after 15.02.2009 are given below:
Questions related to Transactions of prize bonds
- From where we can get Prize Bonds?
Answer: Prize bonds can be purchased and encashed in any quantity at all field offices of SBP BSC (Bank), the office of National Saving Centres, and designated branches of commercial banks.
- Why does the rate of prices fluctuate?
Answer: Due to Government (Ministry of Finance – CDNS) policy and revision of rate of interest. The rate of prizes fluctuates accordingly.
- Why has the number of prizes reduced whereas the total number of prize bonds has increased?
Answer: The number of prizes also increased. Numbers of Prize Bonds are increased to make the rate of return compatible with markup prevailing in the money market
- Is there any limit on the purchase of Prize Bonds?
- What is the encashment procedure?
Answer: To present original prize bond at the counters of SBP BSC Offices/Commercial Banks/National Savings Centers and get face value thereof.
- Are the prize bonds sold by commercial banks/ National Saving Center are genuine?
Answer: Yes they are the authorized dealers
- Can prize bonds be encashed any time after their purchase?
- When is the Prize Bond Draw Result available to the general public?
Answer: Official draw list is available on the next day of the draw which can also be downloaded from the SBP BSC & CDNS Website.
- Procedure for encashment of defective/ mutilated/ decipherable prize bond?
Answer: Claim on the prescribed form for the recovery of value shall be dealt with under the Prize Bonds Refunds Rules, 1963. Mutilated/defaced bonds (if presented more than half portion of such bond along with claim form) are passed by an authorized officer on the same day for payment, if otherwise in order while claim bonds are paid (if approved) within three working days.
- From where I can get the draw schedule?
Answer: The draw schedule is displayed at the field offices, the official website of the Central Directorate of National Savings, and at SBP website.
- What is the Shut Period? Why?
Answer: Shut period means a period of two months preceding the date of draw of a particular denomination.
- Why not fresh prize bonds be issued during the sale period?
Answer: Fresh bonds are issued when the stock of re-issuable bonds is fully utilized/exhausted.
- Is there any institution, other than SBP BSC (Bank) that offers the sale/encashment of the prize bonds?
Answer: Yes. National Saving Centers and commercial banks.
- What is the role of SBP BSC (Bank) in the Prize Bond sale/encashment?
Answer: As an agent to CDNS, SBP BSC is responsible for the management of the scheme in all respect.
- 15. Are prize bond numbers sold to the customers of their own choice?
- 16. Is there any deduction against a refund of the face value of defective Prize Bonds?
- 17. Can we exchange bonds at any bank/ post office?
Answer: Bonds can be exchanged at designated branches of Commercial Banks only.
- Can we exchange old denomination bonds?
- In the case of theft can payment be stopped?
Answer: No. Prize bond is bearer instruments.
- Can we get the full value of the damaged bond?
Answer: Yes, if the bond is more than half and otherwise in order.
- Why are the bonds purchased during a shut period not included in the subsequent draw?
Answer: Due to minimum holding period for all den. National Prize Bonds as per Prize Bonds Rules, 1999.
- If the Prize bond is stolen, could I get a duplicate prize bond?
Answer: No. Prize bonds are bearer instruments and whoever is holding the prize bond is the owner of it and can claim the prize money.
- How much time is taken to issue a new prize bond?
Answer: On an immediate basis, depending on the number of people in the queue for sale/purchase of the bond.
- What is the life of the prize bond?
Answer: The face value of the prize bond, lawfully issued by the authorized dealers, is repayable at any time till a particular denomination of prize bond is not demonetized or canceled by the Federal Govt./State Bank of Pakistan. In such a case, the holders of the bonds are given sufficient time to exchange the canceled bonds.
Questions relating to Tax Matters of prize bonds
- How much tax is deducted from prize money?
Answer: WHT @ 15% for Filer and 25% for non-filer is deducted from the prize money of Prize Bonds. Further, a surcharge @15% on withholding tax on National Savings Schemes (NSS) profit (including prize money payment on National Prize Bonds.
- Whether an income tax payee is exempted from withholding tax on prize money claims?
- What is a tax certificate?
Answer: It is a requirement of the claimant to submit the same to Tax Authorities to prove the portion of income as legal.
- Is 10% Income Tax on small prizes not discouraging small savers?
Answer: As the tax is deducted from the prize money only and not on the principal amount, therefore it is not discouraging to the small investors.
Questions Related to the Prize Bond and Prize Bond Claim
- 1. Guidelines for application forms of all categories of Prize Bonds?
Answer: The claim of prize money declared on the winning prize bond can be lodged at any field office on the prescribed claim form, which is available at the help desk free of charge. The form duly filled may be submitted along with the following:
- Photocopy of valid CNIC
- Winning prize bond (original) duly signed by the applicant
- Photocopy of the prize-winning bond duly signed by the applicant
- General objections arose on reward money claim?
Answer: To fill in the form in all respect correctly i.e. Bond numbers, name, date of the draw, date of issue, etc.
- The genuineness of prize bonds cannot be checked at the field office?
Answer: Bonds are first checked at field offices by the counter staff who imparted training from PSPC and in the case of doubt, the same is sent to PSPC. However, prize-winning bonds one million and above are essential to be sent to PSPC due to the huge prize money involved.
- Why the face value and prize money of the defective prize bonds are paid separately?
Answer: Face value against Defective prize bonds is paid after passing thereof by authorized officer whereas the Payment of prize money is paid as usual.
- Should we claim prize money in our own name or sell it to a broker?
Answer: Yes claim himself/herself
- Why is the date of the issue important for any claim of prize money?
Answer: Only those prize bonds qualify for prize money, which has been purchased two months prior to their respective draw.
- Whether a prize bond deposited with an application for prize money is returned to the claimant?
Answer: Prize Bonds winning prize money below Rs. 10,000/- are returned, in the case of prize money Rs. 10,000/- and above are retained and their face value is paid to the claimant.
- Can prize money be claimed for a prize bond whose receipt/ payment order is lost?
Answer: Yes after fulfillment of prescribed conditions.
- How can a person claim prize money?
Answer: Prize money can be claimed/availed by the person he/she himself/herself on fulfilling of prescribed Claim Form available at Help Desk.
- Why are repeated signatures obtained on the claim form in case there is a minor difference in signatures with that of CNIC?
Answer: To save the interest of the Bank as well as the claimant, proper identification of the claimant is essential.
- What is the procedure of obtaining a prize money claim and from where it can be claimed?
Answer: The claim form is submitted at the respective counter of any offices of SBP BSC (Bank). Prize money up to Rs. 18,500/- is paid on the counter (subject to clearance of bond) the same day (from 30th Draw and onward) after deduction of 10% withholding tax. Prize money over Rs. 18,500/- is given through payment order only by the date given to claimants for collecting the prize money. Prize money up to Rs.1250/- can also be claimed at commercial banks and National Savings Centers.
- How many days are required for the settlement of the prize money claim?
|Amount||No. Of Days|
|Up to 18,500||Same Day|
|Up to 185,000||10 working days|
|Up to 500,000||15 Working days|
|Above 500,000||20 working days|
- Are there any charges of the prize money claim form?
- After how many days of draw prize money claim can be lodged?
Answer: The claim can be lodged usually after 3 or 4 working days from the date of draw and within six years from the date of the relevant draw.
- 15. Whether the claimant can obtain payment of prize money through an authorized person?
Answer: It depends on the discretion of the competent authority of the field offices.
- Can we claim the prize money for the damaged bond?
Answer: Yes. (Subject to clearance under rules)
- Why is the payment of prize money claims exceeding Rs.7500/- not paid at SBP BSC counters?
Answer: All prize money claims are paid at SBP BSC Counters
- Reasons for time lag on the prize money?
Answer: Confirmation of genuineness of the bond from PSPC and concerned PDO.
- Up to what period prize money can be claimed?
Answer: Prize money can be claimed within six years from the date of the relevant draw.
- When is the amount of prize money paid? Why is prize money over Rs.1,250/ – not paid on the same day?
Answer: The prize money claim can be lodged usually after 3 or 4 working days from the date of draw and within six years from the date of the relevant draw. Prize money up to Rs.18,500/- paid directly on the same day(from 30th Draw onward) at all BSC Offices.
- Whether one prize bond winning prize money two times in different draws will be paid prize money two times on the same date or otherwise?
Answer: Claim against prize bond winning in two different draws can be lodged at the same time against two separate claim application by the holder within the period of Six)06) years from the date of its relevant draws.
Questions Related to the Draws of Prize Bond
- What is the procedure of Prize Bonds Draw? Is the process of drawing fair and transparent?
Answer: Prize bond draw is held by a committee constituted by CDNS and open to the general public. Winning prize bonds are drawn through a Hand-operated draw machine, which is operated by special children in front of Committee members and the general public attending the draw ceremony. Draw machine is also checked by the general public before the start of the draw.
- Why the small investors don’t win the prize and big prizes go to big investors?
Answer: Big investors invest in huge amounts and buy more prize bonds; therefore their probability of winning prize money is greater than the individual who buys a single prize bond. However, the draw is held separately for each prize and a small investor can win the big prize.
- Why does the State Bank of Pakistan not stop the payment of prize money against prize bond reported lost?
4 Answer: A prize bond is a bearer instrument. Its ownership belongs to the holder of the instrument just like currency notes.
- Whether one can attend the draw ceremony?
Answer: Yes, the general public may also attend the prize bond draw ceremony on the production of the original CNIC.
- 5. Is there any way to ensure that the prize bond purchased would win a prize?
- Why one cannot get a prize who purchased prize bonds in the shut period when the number of prize bonds was included in the draw and won a prize as well?
Answer: See Sr.No.A-6
- Why is the prize money on the winning number not paid the very next day?
Answer: Due to preliminary preparation of books for official purposes
- How many numbers of Prize Bonds are in a series?
Answer: One less in one million (999,999)