Jane Park was just 17 when her EuroMillions ticket won her £1m. Dream come true? Well, not quite for the temporary admin worker who had to adjust from earning just £8 an hour to a seemingly endlessly cash flow.
Park is now taking legal action against Camelot for negligence after claiming her winnings have "ruined her life", wishing she had never won in the first place.
Now aged 21, she argues that the current age limit of 16 years should be raised to 18 as she believes someone her age shouldn't have been allowed to win such a substantial amount of money. Having lived in a small flat in Edinburgh with her mother she now owns two properties but has become tired of endless spending which she felt offered no real happiness.
"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'," she told Sunday People.
"People look at me and think, 'I wish I had her lifestyle, I wish I had her money.' But they don't realise the extent of my stress. I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?"
"I think 18 should be the minimum age for winning the lottery, at the least," she said. "The current age of 16 is far too young."
A spokesperson for Camelot told The Independent: "Camelot takes its duty of care to winners very seriously and all major winners are offered support and advice for as long as they wish. That support is tailored to each winner's situation and circumstances – and for younger winners, their age will obviously be an important factor in the advice and support offered."
They added that:"Following her win, Jane received extensive support from Camelot. A dedicated winners' adviser visited Jane at home to pay out her prize, arrange private banking and support her through the publicity when she chose to share news of her win. An independent financial and legal panel was set up shortly after her win and we put Jane in touch with another winner who won at the same age, to share their experience and help Jane adjust to the win."
They also noted that: "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."
Jane commented on her spending that the advice from Camelot's financial advisor was confusing: "I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like investment bonds. I had no clue what they meant."