The United Kingdom’s youngest EuroMillions winner has said she is thinking of suing the lottery owners for not being careful and ruining her life, The Independent reported.
Jane Park, 21, had won a €1 million prize when she just 17, which she claims has 'ruined’ her life, saying life would have been better if she had not gotten the amount.
Park now thinks that someone of her age should not have been allowed to win such a big amount in the first place. She argues that minimum age for winning such a substantial amount should be at least 18, not 16.
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“I think 18 should be the minimum age for winning the lottery, at the least. The current age of 16 is far too young,” says Park.
Before receiving the amount out of the blue, Park used to work for £8 an hour. She now owns two properties at a very young age. But at the same time, she says she has become bored because of unending consumption, as her lifestyle fails to provide him with long-term happiness.
“I thought it would make it 10 times better, but it’s made it 10 times worse. Most days I wish I had no money. I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won’,” she said.
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“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?”
Park was also provided with the guidance of a financial adviser when she won the amount, but she says it was her family that helped her in spending the money appropriately.
“I’ve read about other lottery winners who’ve just blown it all and I can totally see how it can be done,” she said. “I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like investment bonds. I had no clue what they meant.”
Park also laments how her social life has been adversely affected after the win as her friends are unable to understand her position.
“It’s scary how different my life is from my friends when they say they’re stressed about the money,” she said. “There’s no one in the same boat as me, no one who really understands. I feel like I’m a 40-year-old.”
A spokesperson from the lottery agency said in a comment: "[We] take the duty of care to winners very seriously and all major winners are offered support and advice for as long as they wish. That support is tailored to each winner's situation and circumstances – and for younger winners, their age will obviously be an important factor in the advice and support offered.
“Following her win, Jane received extensive support from us," he continued. "A dedicated winners’ adviser visited Jane at home to pay out her prize, arrange private banking and support her through the publicity when she chose to share news of her win. An independent financial and legal panel was set up shortly after her win and we put Jane in touch with another winner who won at the same age, to share their experience and help Jane adjust to the win.”
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