Lottery winner considers suing for being allowed to win

Winning a million at the age of 17 didn't make her happy

Jane Park

One of Britain's youngest-ever lottery winners says her £1 million win has made her so unhappy that she's considering suing Camelot for negligence.

Jane Park, now 21, scooped the prize in the Euromillions lottery at the age of 17 - but now believes that people shouldn't be allowed to play until they are 18.

"At times it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life," she tells the Mirror. "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'."

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At the time of her win, Jane was living with her mother in a two-bedroom flat on an Edinburgh council estate and earning just £8 an hour as an admin temp.

And while Camelot gave her an adviser to help her handle the money, she says she was too young to understand the advice.

"I've read about other lottery winners who've just blown it all and I can totally see how it can be done," she says.

"I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like 'investment bonds'. I had no clue what they meant."

Since her win, she says, she's become sick of shopping - but only after buying a chihuahua and an £18,000 purple Range Rover, as well as holidays, breast implants and designer shoes.

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Camelot tells the Independent that it's gone to great pains to help Jane manage her win, appointing an independent financial and legal panel and putting her in touch with another very young winner.

"Camelot doesn't set the age limit to play – this was agreed at the launch of the National Lottery back in 1994, and so any questions about the legal age to play would be a matter for Parliament," its statement continues.

Jane's complaints may sound a lot like the sort of problems we'd all like to have. But a big win at such a young age can change a life for ever - and she's not the first to say that it's a mixed blessing at best.

Back in 2013, Callie Rogers told Closer magazine that winning £1.9 million at the age of 16 was 'a curse', leading to drug addiction and several suicide attempts.

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And around the same time, Michael Carroll, who won £9 million on the lottery at the age of 19, revealed how he'd blown through the cash and was now working in a biscuit factory.

Ongoing research from the Harvard Business School has shown that money can buy happiness - but only if you spend it in the right way. Apparently, experiences - such as holidays or evenings out - bring us more satisfaction than objects such as clothes or cars.

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