Jane Park, who won £1 million pounds at the age of 17, making her Britain’s youngest ever Euromillions winner has announced she is planning to take legal action against the lottery bosses for negligence.
She said winning the money had “ruined” her life and she thought things would have been better if she had never won.
Park, now 21, is trying to argue that someone of her age should not have been allowed to win such a huge amount of money and added that 18 should be the minimum age for winning the lottery. The current minimum age to play the lottery is 16.
(I don't think two years is going to make much difference).
She says the winning hasn't given her long-term and genuine happiness as she spends most of her time shopping — including picking up a couple of properties on the way. What a hard life that must be!
Before winning the lottery, Park worked as an admin temp for £8 an hour and lived in with her mum in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Speaking to the Sunday People she said:
I thought it would make it 10 times better but it’s made it 10 times worse. I wish I had no money most days. I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won’.
People look at me and think, ‘I wish I had her lifestyle, I wish I had her money.’ But they don’t realise the extent of my stress. I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”
Camelot, which runs EuroMillions in the UK, appointed an adviser to help Ms Park deal with her new-found wealth.
Ms Park said she finds it isloating to have such a different life to her lower-income friends:
It’s scary how different my life is from my friends’. When they say they’re stressed about the money they mean their wages are s***.
There’s no one in the same boat as me, no one who really understands. I feel like I’m a 40-year-old.
A spokesperson for Camelot told The Independent:
"Camelot takes its duty of care to winners very seriously and all major winners are offered support and advice for as long as they wish."
"Following her win, Jane received extensive support from Camelot," it continued. "A dedicated winners’ adviser visited Jane at home to pay out her prize, arrange private banking and support her through the publicity when she chose to share news of her win. An independent financial and legal panel was set up shortly after her win and we put Jane in touch with another winner who won at the same age, to share their experience and help Jane adjust to the win."
Anyone over the age of 16 can play the lottery and win a prize. The minimum age limit to purchase a lottery ticket is set by the government.
While most of us dream of what we would do if we ever won a lottery jackpot, there are many stories of winners who have found it hard to deal with becoming rich overnight.
16-year-old Callie Rogers, who in 2003 won a jackpot worth £1,875,000 struggled to adjust to her newly accumulated wealth. She went on massive spending sprees and reportedly tried to kill herself. Ironically, she said she is much happier now she has depleted her fortune.