When she was 17 Jane Park from Edinburgh, Scotland won an absolute fuck-ton of money, $1.6 million AUD to be precise. Like anyone that gets given free money, Jane was pretty stoked to begin with but now at the age of 21, she’s planning on taking legal action against UK lottery bosses for negligence.
If you’ve ever had to walk down to the supermarket to spray sample deodorant on yourself because you can’t afford to buy any, then you know the struggle and are probably thinking “Get fucked love.” However, Jane now realises that money doesn’t necessarily bring happiness and believes that she was far too young to win such an absurd amount of moolah.
“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 the Sunday People.
Jane, like a lot of people, absolutely balled out when she got the cheque, spending an insane amount on clothes, cars, holidays and anything else that a stereotypical newly rich person would buy. Despite her realisation that money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Jane still isn’t keen on giving away the money… even though that seems like the best way to solve her ‘problem’.
Jane’s argument boils down to her believing that she shouldn’t have been gifted so much money at a young age, as she wasn’t responsible enough to deal with it. However, a lottery spokesperson told The Independent that “We take our 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.”
The spokesperson went on to say that Jane received extensive support and was even put in touch with a dedicated winners’ adviser who arranged private banking help and supported her through the publicity when she chose to share news of her winnings. However, Jane reckons that she was “Stuck in front of a financial adviser who was using words like investment bonds,” and that she had “no clue what they meant.”
To be fair Jane, neither do I.
On one hand, winning $1.6 million at the age of 17 is insane and the opportunities that can arise from it aren’t to be squandered. At the same time, you can kind of see her point. If I was given that amount of money at the tender age of 17, I sure as fuck wouldn’t be spending it on investment bonds.
Source: The Independent