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Friday, 25 November 2011

Friday 55 Flash Fiction #180 Benefactor...


Born November 1957 and destined to make a lot of people rich, a benefactor.


People were more than willing to invest their hard earned savings,


Especially as they were guaranteed their original investment back whenever they wanted it.


Affectionately known as Ernie......


the Electric Random Number Indicator Equipment which chooses the winning Premium Bond Numbers.


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21 comments:

Melanie said...

COOL!!!

Valerie said...

I'd forgotten ab out Ernie... is it still around?

mylittlewordz said...

Yes, and I'm still waiting for my payout....
Nice 55 indeed!

Jamie

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Melanie:)

Yes ERNIE is still going strong as far as I know Valerie

I'm still waiting too mylittlewordz LOL

Brian Miller said...

huh probably the precursor for the random lottery number picker here in the states...my FIL plays all the the time and swears he breaks even..

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

since i don't play the lottery i'll never win it! sarge's cousin won three million a few years back and promptly got sued by all his coworkers for not asking them to join him in the ticket buying! lawyers got a big chunk of it.

smiles, bee
xoxoxooxox

Crystal Jigsaw said...

My husband still has some premium bonds but I imagine they'll be useless now!

CJ xx

anthonynorth said...

Ah, memories.

Akelamalu said...

Could be Brian :)

Shame about Sarge's cousin Bee!

No Premium Bonds will still be good they stay in the draw until you cash them in Crystal Jigsaw.

I take it you used to have some Anthony?

Nara Malone said...

I'm amazed at what I learn reading 55's.

A Lady's Life said...

hmm

G-Man said...

Yep...
Ernies picks are as good as anyones.
Loved your Lucky 55 Ake
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Beach Bum said...

Don't know anything about ERNIE but a slime ball named Madoff promised something similar.

He's now in prison for the rest of his life.

Linda said...

I'd love to make very good friends with Ernie - best friends even!

Cloudia said...

a Brit thing?



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Ron said...

"the Electric Random Number Indicator Equipment which chooses the winning Premium Bond Numbers.

Soooooo clever you are!!!!!

BRA-VA! Excellent Flash 55!

Have a wonderful weekend, m'dear!

X

Gledwood said...

ERNIE paid me £50 on an investment of £10 which must be the soundest investment I'd ever made

(yes I know there is a £100 minimum but I bought £110 worth; sold the £100 back, leaving myself with £10...) 3 guesses what the money went on!

Adam said...

cool post

Shrinky said...

Hmph, both my neice and big sis' have had a payout from the bonds I gifted them a few Christmas' back. My own? Nada! (Pout)

Akelamalu said...

It's always good to learn something new isn't it Nara? :)

hmmmm Lady's Life?

Glad you liked it G-man x

Oooh Madoff sounds like a conman Beach

Me too Linda ;)

Yep Cloudia :)

Cheers Ron :)

Well done on the win Gleds, shame you didn't spend it on something more worthwhile though.:(

Thanks Adam :)

My Mum used to win regularly but the £10 worth I bought my two boys when they were born have never won anything at all in the 30+ they've had them Shrinky!

secret agent woman said...

I guess it's the selling of hope and fantasy, and who doesn't need a little of that?