Shocked Banbury man wins £80,000 car and £20,000 in cash

A Banburyshire man got the surprise of his life this morning (Tuesday) when he was led to an £80,000 Range Rover he had won.

By Roseanne Edwards
Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 5:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 5:05 pm
The gleaming new Range Rover won by a Banbury man today (Tuesday) in a surprise presentation
The gleaming new Range Rover won by a Banbury man today (Tuesday) in a surprise presentation

The lucky winner not only received the gleaming, brand, spanking new motor but a case stuffed with £20,000 in cash and a much-needed bottle of Champagne.

The man, who is married, does not want to be named but was astonished and thrilled with his prize - won on a £3.90 Best of the Best (BOTB) spot-the-ball competition ticket.

He was interrupted in the middle of his morning's work by the publicity team from BOTB who took him out to the car park to see his amazing prize.

The lucky Banbury winner also got 20,000 in cash

The fortunate man very nearly did not buy his ticket as his computer was faulty but used his wife's laptop which proved to be a lucky machine. His wife and a colleague who were in on the secret spent a sleepless night, knowing what a surprise he was in for.

Today's winner is the second Banbury man to win a car in the weekly competition. The other was an IT account manager Matt Smith who, in 2016, was shocked to be presented with a Porsche Panamera and £10,000 in cash.

Christian Williams, a Virgin Radio presenter and personality who gave the Banbury winner the surprise of his life today by leading him to the shining new Range Rover, said winners are frequently shocked into silence or start to cry.

"The emotions vary so much when surprising winners, from people being so stunned they just stand there in shock to a lady who screamed in my ear when she saw she was that week's winner," he said.

2016 Banbury winner Matt Smith with his prize-winning Porsche

"Winners obviously get quite emotional sometimes also and when we get someone that starts crying it nearly always sets me off also.

"Being a radio presenter for Virgin Radio I’m used to connecting with people via the amazing medium that is radio, but it’s something else when you see someone winning a £160,000 Bentley and I get to hand over the keys!

"Our 500th winner won a stunning £200,000 Lamborghini which a day I’ll never forget. He was working abroad; we flew him back to the UK, popped him in a helicopter and took him to Goodwood motor circuit to show him his prize.

"To anyone reading this and thinking about having a go, you better get the kettle on on a Tuesday morning as I might be round with your dream car!"

A ticket for the Range Rover Sport HST costs £3.90. BOTB first opened at Heathrow Airport in 1999 and has now given away £30million worth of prizes and clocked up its 500th winner in November 2019.

The company uses former professional footballers such as England international Sol Campbell to judge its Spot the Ball competition independently each week, alongside current and former referees.