21-Year-Old Millionaire Set To Sue Lotto For ‘Ruining Her Life’ – One Click Smile

21-Year-Old Millionaire Set To Sue Lotto For ‘Ruining Her Life’

What would you do if you won the lottery? Many people often ask this as a joke or a conversation starter. Not many people have been faced with a real chance to answer that question, and only one woman in the UK knows what it feels like to make such a decision at the age of 17.

Jane Park from Edinburgh, Scotland – a temp admin worker earning £8 an hour – won the Euromillions jackpot in 2013, making her the youngest person in the UK to ever win the prize. She was so young that she could not even toast her win with champagne since she was under the legal drinking age of 18. Instead, she toasted with a glass of a popular energy drink.
Now, 21-year-old Jane questions whether someone not even old enough to drink should have been handed a life-changing sum of money.

“I wasn’t allowed a bottle of Champagne, so I got Irn-Bru in a glass. But I was given £1million, how does that add up?”

Her grandmother also commented at the time of her win that giving such a large sum of money to a teenager “was like giving her a gun”.

Today, Jane agrees and is now suing Camelot – the company which runs the Euromillions jackpot – for negligence. Initially, Jane said, “it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life” but has now clarified in a Sunday People interview.

She claims that, even though Camelot appointed an adviser to help her make financial decisions, she can barely remember her name and did not understand terms she used.

“I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like ‘­investment bonds’. I had no clue what they meant.”

Camelot confirmed that they provided Jane with an adviser, but stressed that the decision to follow any recommendations offered lies solely with lottery winners.

“We have been in touch with Jane from time to time since her win to offer ongoing support. It is always up to the winners as to whether they want to take up that support.”

Nevertheless, Jane managed to make some investments, thanks to advice from family. After an initial shopping spree which included a chihuahua, Louis Vuitton handbag and £4,500 boob job, she purchased two properties. She, however, chose to move back into the two-bedroom council flat she shared with her mum before her win, because she could not adjust to the major lifestyle change she experienced and wanted to return to the normalcy of her old life. She now rents out her homes.

Her assessment of her experience as a lottery winner remains bittersweet.

“Money can’t buy you love, true friends or a family but it does bring a degree of happiness. I can do things I have never done before.

“[But]… what’s the point in me coming to Magaluf and staying in a five-star hotel when no-one else can? I just want to be the same as everyone else and experience it like they are.” 

Jane is now calling for the age of eligibility for playing the lottery to be raised from 16 to 18. The case continues.

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