Who hasn’t fantasised about winning the lottery at some time? I know that I have; especially when it’s the month and the bills are piling up. It’s a compelling fantasy because it appeals to our gambling spirit without making us bankrupt. Furthermore, it’s a quick and easy fix for our financial woes. Fancy buying yourself a swish new wardrobe, or a brand new Ferrari? A stress-free life could cost you less than the price of a coffee.
Of course, for the vast, vast majority of us, the dream of easy wealth is just that: a dream. Yet we still fantasise over that enduring question: what would you spend the money on?
In this case, the best person to ask would be Jane Park, Britain’s youngest Euromillions winner; formerly a temp living in a council house making £8 an hour, who bagged herself more than £1 million in the jackpot at the age of 17. Now Jane has come forward to tell the world exactly how she spent her not-so-hard-earned cash.
Now 21, when Jane won the lottery four years ago, she immediately splashed out on a £25,000 BMW, a £17,000 VW Beetle and an £18,000 Range Rover, which she had painted purple. She also splashed out on a number of exotic holidays, but took the opportunity to state that she would much rather go to: “Benidorm, because nobody is looking down at you.” She added: “You can get as drunk as you want. In the Maldives you can’t go and get absolutely hammered.”
Now she apparently takes around four month-long holidays a year and holds a season ticket for Hibernian football club, her home team in Edinburgh. Despite all this, she’s since returned to working in a chip shop as she prefers having a routine and also stated that her love life has repeatedly come under scrutiny.
After her win, she bought herself a three-bedroom house, but has since decided she prefers living with her mum in a small flat, and now rents the house out. She also spent £4,500 on a boob job and has had Botox and lip fillers. She even bought herself a £7,000 Rolex and several pairs of Louboutin shoes, which retail for around £500 a pair.
Camelot, which runs EuroMillions in the UK, appointed an adviser to help her manage her wealth but Miss Park said it was only family advice that stopped her wasting all her cash. Speaking on the talk show Loose Women, she stated: “My whole family were like ‘don’t be stupid with it.’ You’ve read a lot of stories about other lottery winners – I knew I didn’t want to be like them.”
Jane has since stated that rather than making her life better, winning the lottery has actually made her life 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’. People look at me and think ‘I wish I had her lifestyle, I wish I had her money’ but they don’t realise the extent of my stress.”
“They don’t know what they’re wishing for. They would need to spend some time in my shoes to understand. I have material things but apart from that, my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”