Couple who win lottery DEMAND benefits back after wasting it all in ONE year

Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

Couple who win lottery DEMAND benefits back after wasting it all in ONE year

‘Sourced from the Express’

Jamie and Abbie Hort demand their handouts back after wasting away £50,000

Jobless Jamie and Abbie Hort scooped the huge prize at Christmas 2014, and after only twelve months spent every penny. They now DEMAND the social should again help them.
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.

Mr Hort said: “When we first won the money, we were very excited and we helped sort our family out with some money and went shopping.”We had no other income source so the money was going on things like food. Sometimes we were spending £70 a day on food.

“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.

The couple won £50,000 at Christmas in 2014

Mrs Hort, 21, who is unemployed, said: “We need to pay the rent on Friday or we are going to be kicked out.”Neither of us have jobs. I am trying to get work. My husband is a scaffolder but there is no work around at the moment.

“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.

“We had to sell it to live and get food. All we have left is the television and my husband has some nice designer clothes.”The TV, which is a Sharp flatscreen 50 inch model is pretty much all we have got left now.”

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.


He said: ”Basically they are calling us liars saying we have £24,000 stashed somewhere.”It’s horrible – I hate asking my mum to get us things like milk and bread. It’s heartbreaking. We are hoping they [Social Security] will help us.”


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.



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  • My son has worked 10 years without being unemployed lost his job through no fault of his own and can get no benefits full stop, because he is doing a open university course they with-hold benefits because he is classed as a student and you wasted 50k on what ? not a lot that 50 k would have kept my son 3 years and I have to work to feed him you don t deserve benefits !!!!!!!