If you ever won the lottery somehow, what would you do?
This is often used as a conversation starter among people, but a woman who at the time (2013) wasn’t even of a legal age for drinking, actually received a million pounds.
Jane Park from Edinburgh, Scotland was just an ordinary temp admin worker, earning a perfectly normal £8 an hour.
And then, in 2013, when she was just 17-years-old, she won the Euromillions jackpot, worth £1 million. She became the youngest person to ever win the prize, and she couldn’t even toast her win with some champagne due to being under the legal drinking age of 18.
Nowadays, the 21-year-old sometimes wishes she had never gotten a winning ticket.
“I wasn’t allowed a bottle of Champagne, so I got Irn-Bru in a glass. But I was given £1million, how does that add up?”
Her grandmother also commented at the time of her win that giving such a large sum of money to a teenager “was like giving her a gun”.
She is now suing Camelot, which is the company that runs the Euromillions jackpot.
Initially, Jane said, “it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life” but has now clarified in a Sunday People interview.
She claims “I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like ‘investment bonds’. I had no clue what they meant.”
Camelot confirmed that they provided Jane with an adviser, but stressed that the decision to follow any recommendations offered lies solely with lottery winners.
“We have been in touch with Jane from time to time since her win to offer ongoing support. It is always up to the winners as to whether they want to take up that support.”
Even then, she decided to use her million quite well. Her investments include a chihuahua, a £4,500 boob job, and a Louis Vuitton handbag. She also purchased a couple of properties, but decided to move back into the two-bedroom council that she shared with her mom before the win.
She claims that she couldn’t adjust to the major change in lifestyle, and wanted to return to how she was before. Since then, she has been renting out the properties that she purchased.
Her assessment of her experience as a lottery winner remains bittersweet.
“Money can’t buy you love, true friends or a family but it does bring a degree of happiness. I can do things I have never done before.
“[But]… what’s the point in me coming to Magaluf and staying in a five-star hotel when no-one else can? I just want to be the same as everyone else and experience it like they are.”
Now, Jane is requesting the age of eligibility to play the lottery should be raised from 16 to 18.
What would happen if you won the lottery? What would you do with the money? Share your thoughts in the comments!