Winner may sue EuroMillions for ruining her life
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