I’m not a big fan of gambling, but I’m all for good news and irritating the right wing. This superb story has both of the above. Unemployed 52 year-old Londoner, Andrew Boyce, recently returned home in his ageing Ford Escort to find a brand new Porsche Boxster GTS on the drive, won with the money from his benefits.
London Man wins Porsche Boxster with benefit cash
Currently claiming unemployment and sickness allowances, Andrew spent £250 of his benefit payments to buy 50 tickets in a spot-the-ball competition, with top prize of a Porsche Boxster GTS. A few days later, he was met on his driveway by competition MD, William Hindmarch, who presented him with the keys to a brand new Porsche Boxster and a briefcase filled with ten grand in cash. Andrew’s reaction was priceless: “Thank you very much. Would you like a cup of tea?”
The NIMBY press has jumped to attention, running quotes from wound-up locals. 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.”
Currently not working due to a bad back, Boyce said the comfortable Boxster would ease his spinal pain and people who don’t like his good fortune can choose from a variety of options, most involving rotating on fingers. “I was so happy to win, but it’s frustrating now because people are complaining that I spent benefits on it. What’s it got to do with anyone how I got the money? I got a bit of good fortune and it’s no one’s business how that happened. I’ve gone from rags to riches – I feel like Delboy.”
In sweet coincidence, Boycie from the Del Boy comedy, Only Fools and Horses, was a profit-hungry car trader, so will the new Boycie keep the Boxster or swap it for cash? No doubt it would sell quickly in the Sunday Times. The eagle-eyed among you will notice this is not a Boxster GTS but a regular S model: the GTS is not out yet but the competition company – which counts ex-F1 driver David Coulthard amongst its backers – still had a video to make.
And here is the video. Am I right in thinking Boyce initially denies who he is to the camera crew until he spots the Boxster? No doubt his ease in occupying the sports car’s low seats will catch the eye of his social security claim manager.
Congratulations, Andrew: see if you can get onto Question Time with this. If the powers that be decide you are entitled, then spend your money how you will. Just don’t come crying for more when it’s gone.
The legitimacy of marketing gambling competitions to people surviving on benefits is a different argument, but thankfully Britain is theoretically STILL A FREE COUNTRY. How true that might be, is a whole other argument.