A British woman is expected to argue in court that winning the lottery “ruined her life” in an attempt to attain a judgment against Europe’s prevailing lottery system.
As the New York Post reported, 21-year-old Jane Park’s primary complaint is that the program should not be accessible to minors. She was 17 when she won the equivalent of $1.25 million in the Euromillions drawing and became its youngest winner ever.
“I thought it would make it 10 times better but it’s made it 10 times worse,” she has since said of the windfall’s impact on her life.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Park said she longs for her days working for an hourly wage as an administrative assistant.
“I wish I had no money most days,” she said. “I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.'”
Despite the trappings of wealth, including two homes and a luxury SUV, she complained that her life is not as enviable as those on the outside might think.
“People look at me and think, ‘I wish I had her lifestyle, I wish I had her money,'” she acknowledged.
The lottery winnings have left her with “material things,” she said, but otherwise her “life is empty.”
She has also reportedly used the money to travel, party and undergo cosmetic surgery.
In the wake of the life-changing influx of cash, Park is now turning to the legal system as a forum to voice her disillusionment.
“You can’t give a 17-year-old that amount of money,” she told the Mirror. “I think 18 should be the minimum age for winning the lottery, at the least. The current age of 16 is far too young.”
She further alleges that it has become impossible to discern whether potential boyfriends are only interested in her because of her wealth.
The result, she claims, is that she now feels like she’s “a 40-year-old” with responsibilities and experiences no one in her life can understand.
Though she was offered assistance through Camelot Group, which operates the lottery, she said it was not relevant to her at such a young age.
“I was stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like investment bonds,” she said. “I had no clue what they meant.”
[Featured image: Jane Park/Twitter]