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Jamie and Abbie Hort demand their handouts back after wasting away £50,000
The couple kitted out a new flat with furniture, a 50 inch television and more, until December when their winnings ran out and they were evicted.They wasted the cash on designer clothes, holidays, new furniture and a giant TV for their flat.
But the money has now all gone and they face eviction from their home – and are asking for income support and housing benefit.
The couple admit they have been “silly” with the winnings but say they ”deserved to buy nice stuff” and now need state help.
But officials are refusing to hand their benefits back and the couple say they’ve had the “worst Christmas ever” and after the windfall all they have left is – a big tele.
“We were a bit silly with it, it could have lasted a lot longer, I’ll admit that. But all we want now is some help.”
Social Security, which is responsible for welfare claims on the Channel Island of Guernsey, have refused to help.
The couple say social security have accused them of not being able to account for £24,000 – around half of the lottery money.
“They want to see receipts from the statements as they don’t believe all the money has gone. The £50,000 went in eight months but they don’t believe us.
“They think we still have £24,000 but we would not have been evicted from two places if we had that sort of money left.”
Mrs Hort says they spent all their money on rent and bills and decked their flat out with furniture.
She said: “We helped our family out and went on one holiday to Jersey to do some shopping. We moved in to a one bedroom flat but it had nothing in it. When we won the lottery we had to start from scratch.
“We bought a sofa, wardrobe, chest of drawers, fridge, televisions and cutlery. We bought a few bits of clothing – my husband likes designer clothing so bought some Diesel, Ralph Lauren and Franklin & Marshall items.
“But we won the lottery so we deserved to buy nice stuff. The couch and the furniture and everything else couldn’t fit into the new place so that has now all gone.
She said: “We are just fed up getting messed around by the social. All we want is help – we need help with the rent and getting back to work.
“This has been going on for a few months but no-one is helping us. The social are also saying that even if we did get some help in future it would only be half of what we used to get.
“They keep making me go and see Job Seekers but that has been a complete waste of time and we have got nothing.”
Unemployed scaffolder Mr Hort, 29, admitted they had been “a bit silly” with it.
Mr Hort said: “Obviously we want to get back to work – I worked pretty much from the age of nine until I was 22 and 23.
“I’ve been looking for jobs but with everything you have to be professional and qualified. Trying to get a job is like finding a needle in a haystack.”
A spokesman for Social Security said it was unable to comment on individual cases in the media.