In 2013, Jane Park won the EuroMillions lottery. Now, she says the lottery officials ruined her life. A luxurious Louis Vuitton handbag was the first item Jane Park spent money on after claiming her £1 million from EuroMillions lottery in 2013. She then moved to a Chihuahua she so aptly named Princess, some shoes, a Range Rover car painted purple, breast implants, and then about fifty more designer bags. She admitted to going shopping every time.
However, Park got a rude awakening: procuring things for the sake of procurement got old. The happiness she sought through her lavish spending eluded her, and she instead learned the age long lesson holy men have preached since time immemorial, which happens to have been very well ignored by enthused lottery winners for a considerable long period of time: money simply cannot buy happiness… and a sudden availability of a large pile of wealth, well, makes everything complicated.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Park said the blame for destroying her life lies at the feet of the Lotto bosses. She confessed that rather than augmenting her life, the lottery winnings actually worsened her life. She said she often thought she would have had an easier life and a less complicated one too, if she had not won the lottery.
Park said people often look at her wishing to lead her kind of lavish lifestyle, and have the kind of money she had. But little did they realize that she was going through a high level of stress. She admitted that apart from all the material things she had, she lead a very empty life, so much so that she would even question her own purpose in life.
The Independent said that Park was an administrative temp before winning the lottery, earning about £8 an hour. Now 21, she said being rich has made her life full of drama, and that she thinks she should not have been allowed to be the lottery’s youngest millionaire at the age of 17.
One of the biggest challenges Park faces is finding an intimate partner who would not arouse her suspicion as only being in for her wealth and not necessarily her. She laments as to how lonely it can get, sometimes without anyone to talk to.
The EuroMillions lottery winner believes that lottery winners’ minimum age should be eighteen, and not sixteen. It has been reported that she is deliberating on whether to take legal actions against Camelot – EuroMillions parent company – for negligence, with the potential proceeds from the legal action going to charity. Reacting to the implied legal action against Camelot, a company spokeswoman noted that Park’s statements were heard, but reiterated that age requirements for lottery winners are not controlled by Camelot.
She stated that anyone above sixteen could participate in the National Lottery, which means that anyone above sixteen can win. She further noted that age limits are not set by Camelot.