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Euromillions youngest ever winner wanted to sue the lottery after becoming overnight millionaire

Euromillions youngest ever winner wanted to sue the lottery after becoming overnight millionaire

Since her win, the age to play has been raised from 16 to 18.

A woman who became a millionaire at just 17 has revealed that she wanted to sue the lottery after the win changed her life for the worst.

Jane Park, now 27, explained that she threatened to sue EuroMillions after her 2013 win, arguing that someone under 18 should have never been allowed to win.

While she admits that she's still living her best life and doesn't regret any of the money she has spent so far, Jane said the win ultimately made her miserable.

She revealed she has massive trust issues because of how other people have reacted to her overnight millionaire status.

The 26-year-old went explained in a recent episode of Dr Phil that she ultimately 'wouldn't wish [a lottery win] on anyone.'

Jane, who she claims was encouraged to go public with the win, said it led to massive invasions of her privacy.

She revealed: "I had a stalker, there was people hiding inside the bushes outside my house, they were threatening to through acid in my face.

Jane Park says winning the lottery as a teenager made her miserable.
Dr Phil / CBS

"I was scared to walk out my front door. I don’t think that anyone should ever feel like that."

She explained that lotto bosses immediately put the pressure on her to reveal her win because her case was so unusual.

"It's choice but you’re encouraged to go public, especially when the case is different, so because I was 17 they said it's almost unheard of, you should tell people," she said.

However, for Jane, this was her biggest regret because of what happened next.

As a result of the trauma the publicity led to, she ultimately threatened to sue EuroMillions, arguing that her win should have never been legal because of her young age at the time.

"In the UK, it was 18 to gamble and 16 to play the lottery," she told Dr Phil. "You couldn't put a pound in a machine or couldn't go in the shop and buy cigarettes or alcohol, and you couldn't go into a casino, but you could play the lottery.

"I was basically wanting them to listen, like me calling them up and saying 'you should raise the age' they were never going to listen and that is why I went massive with it.

"Since then, that story went very big and they have raised the age to 18 and I feel like I've made a massive impact on that."

Jane made the revelation on a Dr Phil episode entitled The Curse of the Lottery.

She ultimately described her experience of winning as being like a 'dark, twisted fairy tale'.

The 26-year-old said: "I think there is, like it's a very dark, twisted fairy tale and I think no one actually warns you of it - especially younger people. I was 17."

Featured Image Credit: CBS / Instagram/@janeparkx

Topics: National Lottery, UK News