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Woman Sues, Claims Winning Lottery Ruined Her Life

| by Sarah Zimmerman

The youngest person to win the lottery in Britain is now suing the Lotto company for letting her gamble underage, saying that her winnings "ruined [her] life."

Jane Park, 21, won 1 million pounds at age 17 with her first-ever EuroMillions ticket, according to the Daily Record. She claims, however, that her winnings were the worst thing to ever happen to her.

"At times, it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life. I thought it would make it 10 times better but it’s made it 10 times worse," she said.

She claims that she didn't have the self control to handle that amount of wealth at such a young age. Without her family's advice to invest the money in property, she admits that she would have spent every cent on handbags, shows, and plastic surgery.

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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 realize the extent of my stress," she told the Record. "I have material things but apart from that, my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”

She is now suing Camelot, the company that owns EuroMillions, for negligence, saying that people under the age of 18 shouldn't be allowed to win so much wealth. The legal gambling age in the U.K. is 16.

"Anyone over the age of 16 can play the National Lottery, and therefore win a prize,” a Camelot spokeswoman told The Washington Post. “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.”

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

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But Park insists that the appointed adviser was useless and it was her family that primarily advised her how to spend her winnings.

"I’ve read about other lottery winners who have blown it all and I can totally see how it can be done," she told the Record. “I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words such as investment bonds. I had no clue what they meant. I can’t even remember [my adviser's] name.”

Park said that any money she receives from her action against EuroMillions will be donated to charity. 

Sources: Daily Record, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Jane Park/Instagram

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