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Jane Park Sues Euromillions Says £1m Win 'Ruined Her Life'

When she was 17 years old, Jane Park from Edinburgh, Scotland, won  £1m.

Now, three years later, Park is suing Euromillions for negligence. She believes that the legal minimum age to play the lottery ought to be 18 years old, suggesting that 16 is just too young.

She tells The Independent that the windfall had "ruined" her life and that some days she feels like she would have been better off without the money.

"It's scary how different my life is from my friends'. When they say they're stressed about the money they mean their wages are s***," she said. "There's no one in the same boat as me, no one who really understands. I feel like I'm a 40-year-old,"  Park says.

A spokesperson for game business, Camelot, which runs EuroMillions in the UK told the Independent that the organization offered tailored support to Park including:

  • private banking
  • personal support through publicity
  • an independent financial and legal panel
  • contact with another winner of a similar age to share their experiences

But, most importantly, Camelot doesn't set up the legal age limit to play. When the National Lottery was established in 1994, it was determined that the age limit would be set by Parliament. Questions or concerns about the legal age to play this lottery should have been directed at Parliament.

Still, Park insists that winning the lottery has ruined her life:

"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?"

What do you think? Does she have a point? Or should she stop complaining?

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