Who wants to be a millionaire? Even lottery winners are victims now

JANE PARK: Lottery ruined her life.

NEWS that Britain’s youngest Euromillions winner, Jane Park, had planned to sue lottery bosses for negligence for ‘ruining’ her life is hardly surprising. ‘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,’ she moaned.

Only 17 when she won £1m with her first-ever ticket in 2013, Jane whinged about being sick of shopping for designer goods and staying in upmarket holiday resorts, struggling to find a boyfriend who’s not after her money and being burdened with the stress of being a millionaire.

Poor Jane – how we feel for her pain! Well, she could always have given it to some deserving cause (like, for example, here in Spain the Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity celebrating its well-earned 25th anniversary this year). 

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Basically, she should have employed a minder to stop her frittering away her million, but the fact that she didn’t is, naturally, someone else’s fault. When are we ever going to return to an era when people take personal responsibility for their actions rather than whine: ‘I’m the victim here, who can I sue?’ But then, people taking responsibility for their actions? What a quaint old-fashioned notion these days…

However, thoroughly inspired by Jane Park’s experience, just think what some might still do. Sue secondary schools and/or colleges for allowing them to achieve less than top grades and, consequently, top jobs. Cosmetic companies for not allowing their ‘miracle’ creams and potions to make them instantly look decades younger. Supermarkets for allowing them to get not only well and truly plastered but also morbidly obese as a result of their wine and chocolate multi-buy offers. Well, that should all go down, as a certain orange president ensconced in his golden tower might say, ‘bigly’! 

Finally, to return to the lady in question, I am reminded of an advert from years ago where a little girl utters the immortal words: ‘and my mother says that one day I shall grow up to be a right little madam.’ ’Nuff said.

Nora Johnson’s psychological/suspense crime thrillers ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lies,’ ‘Retribution,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’ ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.com) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99;£0.99) and iBookstore. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity. 



  1. Well, what do you know, it had to happen one day I guess! Too young and naive and I am sure of the thinking that she at 17 knew better than everyone else who would have offered advice… like Camelot for example 🙂 I know it is easy to say but imagine the life she could have had by simply investing it and using the annual interest as a support for every year for the rest of her life 🙂

    But then this is the fault of Camelot and not the stupidity of a young naive winner, maybe we should be looking at raising the minimum age for drinking alcohol, driving, voting, getting married and doing the lottery… if this girl is an example of our youth then they are not as mature as they think they are and to do all the things mentioned, that is what they need to be, a little more mature!


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