Young Lottery Winner Says $1.6 Million Prize Ruined Her Life

Jane Park was only 17 years old when she won the £1 million ($1.6 million) Euromillions jackpot, four years ago. She was ecstatic at the time, but Park has recently revealed that she plans to sue the lottery for negligence. She claims that winning so much money at a young age has ruined her life, and argues that argues that people under 18 should not be allowed to play the lottery.

Ms. Park was working as an admin temp, earning $13 an hour, when she won the lottery. She now owns two properties, drives a Range Rover and can afford all the designer clothes and handbag she used to only dream of. But that doesn’t mean she’s happy. If anything, splurging on these material things sometimes just makes it worse, to the point where she feels that her life has no real meaning. It’s definitely not how she pictured her life when she went public as Britain’s youngest Euromillions lottery winner, four years ago.

“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. I wish I had no money most days. I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won’,” Jane said. “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. I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”


Photo: Jane Park/Twitter

Jane believes that the last four years of her life might have been a lot better had she been a little older when she won. In her opinion, the minimum age for playing the lottery should be 18, and not 16 as the current rules say. Apparently, winning so much money at a young age changes a person, and often times not for the better, and despite having a financial counselor provided by the lottery, the 17-year-old was still overwhelmed by pressure.

“I’ve read about other lottery winners who’ve just blown it all and I can totally see how it can be done,” Jane told Sunday People. “I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like investment bonds. I had no clue what they meant.”

But perhaps most troubling for Jane is how different her life is form that of her friends, and not being able to explain how hard things are for her, because none of her friends have been in her shoes. “It’s scary how different my life is from my friends,” Park says. “When they say they’re stressed about the money they mean their wages are s**t. There’s no one in the same boat as me, no one who really understands. I feel like I’m a 40-year-old.”


Photo: Jane Park/Twitter

The money and notoriety have apparently also taken a toll on Jane’s love life. “I’ve had s**t relationships and it’s left me with a massive guard up,” she said. “With the last one, I ­showered him with gifts. I thought it would make him happy. I bought him a Rolex, a car, clothes every week. I regret it all.”

The unexpected winnings made her look for quick fixes to her appearance as well. She spent around $6,000 on breast implants when she turned 18, and would have done even more work had surgeons not turned her down. For example, she wanted to get liposuction to adjust her figure, but the doctor told her that she was not overweight enough to qualify for the procedure.

The 21-year-old lottery winner admits to having a weakness for designer shoes and handbags, but claims that buying the things she likes hardly makes her feel better about her life. “There’s no point in going shopping all the time, you can only order so much. I get sick of it,” she said.


Photo: Jane Park/Twitter

And if all this complaining sounds unjustified, you should know that Jane Park is not the only one to have gone through all this. In 2013, Callie Rogers won £1,875,000 ($2,350,000) at the tender age of 16. She also reported having trouble adjusting to he new-found wealth, went on spending sprees and even tried taking her own life, at one point. She agrees that people shouldn’t be able to win large sums of money at young ages, and claims to be much happier now that she has spent most of her winnings.

“I don’t think of myself as a lottery winner – I try to forget the ups and downs I’ve been through and just feel like a normal person,” Rogers said in 2013. “It was too much money for someone so young. Even if you say your life won’t change, it does – and often not for the better.”

Interestingly, in 2015, Jane Park said that the £1 million hand’t changed her, but she seems to be seeing things differently now.


via The Independent

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  • Bobby Posted on February 13, 2017

    Simple solution, she can give it all to me and I’ll deal with the pressure. Sell everything, give it all away, easy peasy. Seriously though the lottery board should also provide a shrink along with the financial advisor and give an allowance to someone so young until they are older and more mature to deal with it.

  • Chris Posted on February 13, 2017

    It kind of doesn’t make any sense what she’s saying. You can’t say you wish you didn’t have any lottery winnings then use the money to buy multiple properties, expensive cars and designer clothes as well as expensive cosmetic surgery.

    If anything, it seems more like the problem is in her mind. I’m sure there are lot of homeless people out there or starving kids out there.. who dream of having enough money to get them through the day.

    Not to sound to critical but she kind of comes off as sounding like a hippocrite. She has the option right now of giving away EVERYTHING she won and bought using the money. But I doubt she will do that… and now she wants to sue… TO RECEIVE MORE MONEY??

  • john Posted on February 14, 2017

    I have the cure for you, just give me all your money and you can go back to work and be “normal” again.

  • kris Posted on February 14, 2017

    It’s sadly unsurprising that most commentators suggest she give them her money. Sheesh!
    Girl… set up a charity or public trust of some sort, you might feel good doing that. Or maybe get an education? Try meditating or anything to develop your character.

  • AC Posted on February 15, 2017

    She never learned to think clearly, she needs to go back to school. She’s going to sue them? I hope she loses and has to pay court costs. It’s hard to have any respect for her, and very tempting to start calling names… With her character and intellect, she will have a hard time in life no matter what the outer conditions.

  • Jay Sherman Posted on February 15, 2017

    So the remedy for them having “ruined her life” by giving her money….is to try and extract even MORE money from theM?

    Oh…but if she had won the money a year later….THEN everything would have been fine!

    Well here’s some news: Winning the lottery (or otherwise coming into a large sum of unearned money) pretty much ruins the lives of anyone it happens to. Most lottery winners end up bankrupt and divorced- some in jail or dead.

    Here’s a suggestion: DON’T PLAY THE LOTTERY! If they HADN’T given her the money….she would have sued them- so they basically (excuse the pun) can’t win.

    This dingbat’s life is going to continue to suck, because she is STILL trying to blame others for her own problems, which are a result of HER OWN behavior! Take responsibility for your own life, stupid!

    The very fact that someone buys a lottery ticket is proof that they will ruin their life if they win.

  • Rabbit Posted on February 15, 2017

    I am not surprised. I’ve been working hard all my life to make ends meet and it is hard. yet I also have a brother who through trickery and fraud more than anything has amasssed a fortune. When I compare our lives, whilst I would sure like to have his money, I wouldn’t swap it for the person he has become. I know how much the nature of my life has made me what I am. In time Allah may see fit to grant me more comfort for less work, but if it should cost me my soul I am happy to die the way I have lived. Just getting by to the best of my ability, whilst managing to find time to enjoy the ride. It doesn’t last long. More people die with regrets about what they did not do, not what they did not own.

  • James Moran Posted on February 15, 2017

    She won’t have it long when her black (muslim?) boyfriend gets hold of it!

  • lion Posted on February 16, 2017

    the world will not seize to amaze me,she simply wants attention and she’s gotten it. if truly having lots of money makes her life sucks she can simply give the money out to the motherless babies home as a token from her, or better still assist refugees.

  • Rick Morrow Posted on February 16, 2017

    All that money and she can’t hire someone to show her how to use makeup?

  • harley Posted on February 16, 2017

    Agree Rick Morrow…and did no one mention maybe brushing her teeth?

    Lion: the word is CEASE to amaze me not SEIZE. Forget helping refugees I think we have done more than enough for them. Maybe she can buy a big plane and take them back where they came from? That would give her life meaning and people would love her lots for reducing the burden on society.

  • Colin Posted on February 16, 2017

    GIVE ME A BREAK! She makes bad decisions and it’s the moneys’ fault. Perfect example of the kind of person she is. The money just exemplified and exacerbated her already skewed personality and values.

  • Alex Posted on February 16, 2017

    I agree with most comments. If shes so unhappy then maybe the solution is not to buy loads of expensive, unnecessary stuff. Go do something. Get a job. You cant just laze about buying handbags and shite all the time, of course youre life will have no meaning in this circumstance. But yeah basically she is dumb being 18 rather than 17 wont change anything when you win money. being stupid and 17 is just the same as being stupid and 18 which is just the same as being stupid and whateverr age she is now.

  • Smart Guy Posted on March 16, 2017

    She need to try find new hobbies, that is related to skill, not money spent.

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