Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

21-Year-Old Plans to Sue Lottery, Says It Ruined Her Life

21-Year-Old Plans to Sue Lottery, Says It Ruined Her Life

Britain's youngest Euromillions victor is planning to sue lottery organizer Camelot for "ruining" her life after she was allowed to win a million pounds at the tender age of 17.

Now, we're no legal eagles but a couple of things strike us immediately about this case, beyond the fact that if she really wanted to divest herself of her riches she could donate it all to charity in a matter of minutes.

"I have material things but apart from that my life is empty".

Jane adds that she is considering suing the lottery because of her unhappiness caused by the money she won.

"Anyone over the age of 16 can play the lottery, and therefore win a prize", they said in a statement.

She said: 'I thought it would make it ten times better but it's made it ten times worse.

While most who play the lottery fantasise about the moment of hearing their lucky numbers called out and winning the jackpot, the reality of winning can be very different.

Camelot provided Park with a financial adviser and put her in touch with another teenage victor to help her "adjust to the win".

And people should not be allowed to buy a ticket until they're 18 years old. "What is my objective in life?"

She has also splashed out on expensive items such as this Rolex watch What has Jane Park done since she won?

"I never realised I would've felt at times like I'd ruined by life when I was 17".

Before winning the lottery, Ms Park, who now owns two properties, worked as an admin temp for £8 an hour and lived in a small flat with her mum in Edinburgh.

Whereas most people would count their blessing after suddenly being able to take a holiday whenever they wanted, or affording luxury items, Jane Park has said that the whole experience has left her feeling "empty" and without objective in her life.

"We keep in contact with all major winners for as long as they wish and have been in touch with Jane from time to time since her win to offer ongoing support", explained the operator.

But she said that winning has been a nightmare and that being a millionaire is stressful.

She said: "I haven't got anything against getting a job but when I did (after her win) there was a backlash and people said I was taking it away from folk who need a job".

Park plans to sue Camelot for negligence because, had the legal age to buy a lottery ticket in the United Kingdom been 18, as she believes it should be, as opposed to 16, she would have been spared the entire miserable ordeal of winning a million. "I'm just saying there is days where I am upset and it does get on top of me but in the future I do want to have a family and there is family I've got now so I just want to be able to provide support for them".

"It is always up to the winners as to whether they want to take up that support", a Camelot official said. Ms Park, now 21, argued 18 should be the minimum age to win.

Camelot also said it is up to parliament to decide when someone can legally play the lottery.

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