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London man Andrew Boyce wins Porsche and £10,000 using his benefits money

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

London man Andrew Boyce wins Porsche and £10,000 using his benefits money

London man Andrew Boyce wins Porsche and £10,000 using his benefits money

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Taxpayers groups are furious after an unemployed man won a #53,000 Porsche and #10,000 cash in a spot the ball competition - using #250 worth of tickets he bought with his BENEFIT money.

Jobless Andrew Boyce, 52, was at a shopping centre when he splashed out on 50 tickets costing #5 each for the draw.

Andrew entered the 'spot the ball' comp and days later was stunned to be told he'd won top prize of a Porsche Boxster GTS and a briefcase full of cash.

He says he's gone from 'rags to riches' and admits he bought all the money using his unemployment and sickness benefits.

Andrew says he's been unable to work because of a bad back - but adds that luckily the new Porsche is so comfortable it will ease the problem.

But his win has caused outrage and been slammed by taxpayer's groups.

Boyce, from Leyton, East London, admits local people are also slamming him for using state handouts to buy #250 prize tickets.

He said: "I found out that I won and I was so happy but it's frustrating now because people are complaining that I spent benefits on it.

"What has it got to do with anyone how I got the money? It's ridiculous. I got a bit of good fortune and it's no one's business how that happened.

"I've gone from rags to riches - it's like Only Fools and Horses. I feel like Delboy.

People are just negative and jealous and want to bring others down.

"I've been unwell and that's why I'm on benefits. I've been unemployed for a while, there's not a lot of work around at the moment."

The childless singleton added: "I drive a Ford Escort that is 15 years old. I've promised it to someone who lives nearby.

"I'm 6ft 3in and I've got a bad back and squeezing in and out of my Escort, I look like something out of Octopussy.

"The Porsche will be a lovely change and it's got a nice leather interior so that should cushion my back."

The competition, run by Best of the Best, involves users picking their 'dream' car from a vast list containing Aston Martins, BMWs, and Bentleys.

Hopefuls then pay out for tickets, with prices differing depending on the car, meaning his tickets to win the Porsche were #6 each.

But they offer a 20 per cent discount on purchases of five tickets, meaning Boyce was paying #5 for each chance to win.

His prize motor is so new that it isn't even available yet, so he was presented with an older model as a temporary measure following his win at Westfield in Stratford, east London.

TaxPayers' Alliance spokesperson Andy Silvester said: "People can spend their benefits on whatever they want, but taxpayers' anger that their cash has been used to win a swanky new Porsche is understandable.

"There's nothing to stop Mr Boyce giving some of the cash back to the Government, and plenty of people will hope and expect he'll do just that."

Locals laid into Boyce's win, with some even wondering if he will declare the cash to the Department of Work and Pensions.

Writing on a local newspaper, one said : "Good to see our welfare payments being spent on worthwhile things such as "spot the ball" competitions".

On a local web forum, user 'Villagecranberry' said: "Will he declare his good fortune to the benefits office? Welcome to benefits Britain."

Cynicalsue wrote: "Makes me wonder how much else he has spent trying to win something?"

Since launching Best of the Best in 1999, founder William Hindmarch has handed over the keys to more than #15 million worth of coveted cars.

He said: "Andrew wasn't home when we first arrived but the neighbours certainly enjoying looking at the Porsche as we pulled up.

"He was pretty speechless to be honest but then the winners often are at first. No one really expects to be swapping from a Ford Escort to a Porsche Boxster on the same day."

Boyce says he has no immediate plans for the cash but would like a holiday "somewhere nice and hot" and may give some to charity.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "It's sickening that I have to work two jobs to feed my family and that prat is spending my taxes spotting balls."

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  • gooey123  |  June 06 2014, 11:03AM

    It is absolutely nobody else's business. The man can spend his benefits, which he is rightfully entitled to, in any way he sees fit. And before anyone points the finger, I work hard, am moderately wealthy, and have never claimed benefits. There seems to be a belief from some people, that if you claim benefits, you should eat gruel and become a hermit, and forget hope, aspirations etc. Leave the fella alone or be pleased for him. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

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  • gooey123  |  June 06 2014, 11:03AM

    And, why is this under the "crime" section may I ask?

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  • gooey123  |  June 06 2014, 11:02AM

    It is absolutely nobody else's business. The man can spend his benefits, which he is rightfully entitled to, in any way he sees fit. And before anyone points the finger, I work hard, am moderately wealthy, and have never claimed benefits. There seems to be a belief from some people, that if you claim benefits, you should eat gruel and become a hermit, and forget hope, aspirations etc. Leave the fella alone or be pleased for him. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

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  • Wazzamatter  |  June 05 2014, 7:15PM

    I detect a lot of jealousy. He bought the tickets out of his benefits. So what? How many people buy raffle tickets or lottery tickets out of their benefits? (and I mean 'in work' benefits as well, they are still benefits, aren't they?) How many have won? How many of those who have won have declared their winning to the DWP? The man is certain to declare the win to the DWP as it has been so well publicised, so it will certainly affect any future benefits.

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  • Free2opine  |  June 05 2014, 3:09PM

    Well one thing is for certain, his benefits won't go far, running that car. Not too good for his "dodgy" back, either. Most uncomfortable.

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  • siarad2  |  June 05 2014, 11:14AM

    If his back injury occurred at work & this was compensation he'd have to pay back benefits from this but it seems gambling incurs immunity

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