Win­ner may sue EuroMil­lions for ru­in­ing her life

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Paul Drury

SCOT­LAND’S youngest lot­tery win­ner is con­sid­er­ing su­ing EuroMil­lions be­cause her £1 mil­lion wind­fall has ‘ru­ined’ her life, it was re­ported last night.

Jane Park, from Ed­in­burgh, was just 17 when she col­lected her seven-fig­ure cheque in 2013.

Now 21 and a wealthy prop­erty in­vestor, sin­gle Miss Park be­lieves the lot­tery op­er­a­tor is guilty of neg­li­gence to­wards her as she was too young to cope with the ‘stress’ of such a big win.

Ac­cord­ing to a news­pa­per re­port, she be­lieves the min­i­mum age for jack­pot win­ners should be raised from the cur­rent 16 to 18 years.

She said: ‘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. They don’t know what they’re wish­ing for. They would need to spend some time in my shoes to un­der­stand.

‘I have ma­te­rial things but, apart from that, my life is empty. What is my pur­pose in life?

‘I think 18 should be the min­i­mum age for win­ning the lot­tery. The cur­rent age of 16 is far too young. At times, it feels like win­ning the lot­tery has ru­ined my life. I thought it would make it ten times bet­ter but it’s made it ten times worse.’

EuroMil­lions op­er­a­tor Camelot pro­vided her with an ad­viser af­ter her win to help her man­age her fi­nances, but it was ad­vice from mem­bers of her fam­ily that led to her in­vest­ing in prop­erty.

She said some of her lux­ury pur­chases have been more suc­cess­ful than oth­ers. She still likes the Louis Vuit­ton hand­bag she splashed out on but the Chi­huahua dog, called Princess, was too de­mand­ing of her time and now lives with an aunt.

The Hibernian fan con­cluded that her pur­ple Range Rover was a dis­ap­point­ment as well. She said: ‘It was flashy and peo­ple were al­ways look­ing at me, but it was far too big.’

On Fri­day, Miss Park de­nied a charge of drink driv­ing while be­hind the wheel of her BMW at a Mc­Don­ald’s in her home city.

BIG PRIZE: Jane Park, above, when she got her £1 mil­lion Lot­tery pay­out and, left, as she is to­day

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