EuroMillions Winner to Sue Lottery, but What Support Do They Give?

Jane Park, Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner, has indicated that she may sue the UK National Lottery for negligence, claiming her £1 million windfall ruined her life. Park was 17 and sharing a cramped flat in Edinburgh with her mother at the time of her win in 2013. Today she owns two properties, three flash cars and has travelled the world, but told the Sunday People “my life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.”

EuroMillions Winner to Sue Lottery, but What Support Do They Give?

Talking to the paper after pleading not guilty to a drink-driving charge, the 21-year-old said “I think 18 should be the minimum age for winning the lottery, at the least. The current age of 16 is far too young.” Camelot, the company that runs EuroMillions in the UK, countered by confirming that it offers her “ongoing support” and prides itself on the help it gives to those who suddenly come into a significant amount of money by playing one of its games.

What Happens When You Win the Lottery?

When players scoop a huge prize on UK National Lottery games, they are visited by one of seven winners’ advisors. They arrange the meeting to validate the claim, but also to begin the process of supporting the lucky ticket holder. “Our first piece of advice is to always take your time, do nothing in haste and have a holiday, so you can allow the news to sink in,” says senior advisor, Andy Carter.

Carter and his team can arrange for a representative of a private bank that is used to dealing with such bulging balances to come along to the initial meeting and set up an account for the winner. They also offer financial and legal support and host follow-up meetings to ensure newly-minted millionaires are comfortable with their new life.

Winners can keep in contact with their advisor for as long as they like and Carter says often they just like the opportunity to chat to someone who understands what they are going through. This is especially true of those who opt to remain anonymous following their win, many of whom have told very few other people about their good fortune. Camelot’s aftercare programme is available to all major winners, whether they attend a press conference to publicise their success or not.

If you would like a visit from Andy or his team, EuroMillions is offering a £39 million jackpot tonight and tickets are available online or from authorised retailers in each of the participating countries.

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