A woman who became Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner says she is considering taking legal action against lottery bosses for ‘ruining her life’.
Jane Park won £1 million when she was just 17 years old. Now 21, she says the winnings have failed to offer her any long-term happiness.
She is looking to sue Camelot, which runs EuroMillions in the UK, for negligence.
‘Ten times worse’
In an interview with the Sunday People, Jane said: “I thought it would make it ten times better but it’s made it ten 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’.”
She added: “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?”
She also told the newspaper that the minimum age for winning should be increased.
“I think 18 should be the minimum age for winning the lottery, at the least. The current age of 16 is far too young.”
I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?
In 2013, Britain’s youngest National Lottery winner revealed that she preferred life with less wealth.
Callie Rogers won £1.9 million when she was 16. She went on holiday to the Bahamas and Mexico, had regular hair and nail treatments and would get limousines for parties with friends.
Speaking to Closer magazine, Callie said: “I hoped these things would cheer me up, but they never did for long.”
“Even if you say your life won’t change, it does and often not for the better.”