The UK’s youngest ever lottery winner says that she ‘wouldn’t wish it on anyone’.
Winning the lucrative jackpot is something that everyone dreams of at one point in their life.
It is hard to imagine what you could do with that mouth-watering amount of money.
Some people would buy a new house, others might go on a glamorous holiday while some would give it to family members or invest it in something.
While it’s something we all dream of, lottery winner Jane Park says people should be careful what they wish for.
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Park won £1 million on the Euromillions when she was just 17 years old.
Appearing on This Morning, the now 27-year-old admitted that she was ‘far too young’ to have that amount of money.
Speaking to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, she admits that in the beginning, she was overjoyed to have won the jackpot.
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She says: “We were screaming, me and my mum. It was so surreal. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Asked about what advice she received on how best to manage the massive sum deposited into her bank account, Park admitted that it was a challenge.
“Obviously at 17, it’s young, and I was put in front of financial advisors and I just didn’t quite understand what they were saying”, she explains.
Park admits that initially she indulged in cars and jewellery – with the encouragement of her family – but was keen to ensure she wasn’t being excessive.
However, Park said that once the novelty of winning the lottery wore off, she soon began feeling lonely.
She explains: “I bought a property and moved in there and then I was just so lonely.”
She continued: “I had no one. Obviously, I had family and stuff but there were days where I was sitting by myself watching daytime TV and thinking ‘this isn’t me’.”
Now, Park is calling for the age limit on lottery tickets to change as winning at 17 means you’re either ‘still in school’ or just beginning to make decisions about your future.
She admits that while she still has a close circle of friends, they get embarrassed because they don’t want to rely on her and offer to ‘pay their own way’.
This sometimes leads to arguments in shops when Park offers to buy something for them.
Park recently appeared on a Dr Phil special called The Curse of the Lottery, where she shared her most disturbing experiences.
These included ‘stalkers, death threats, people hiding in the bushes’, as well as the pressures that come with being thrust into the spotlight.
She describes the experience as ‘horrible’ and says she ‘wouldn’t wish it on anyone’.
Park says she has no regrets over the money she spent, just the fact that she went public with it.
The former lottery winner also revealed that she almost died after going abroad for cosmetic surgery, which led to her being hospitalised with blood poisoning.
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