Teenage lotto millionaire tired of spending money
Jane Park was 17 when she won £1million in the Lottery. How lucky is that!
Being one of the youngest lotto winners in the UK, Jane has faced a different challenge to other teenage girls – deciding how to spend her lotto win wisely. Jane says: “The hardest decision was to decide how much to give my family and friends. Not too much that would leave me short but not too little that they would say, ‘Is that it?’
She had to learn to be independent. “I didn’t want everyone to think I won the lottery and still lived with my mum and shared with my sister,” Jane says. So she bought a three-bedroom house in an new estate in East Lothian. When she eventually moved into her new home, she lasted three weeks before moving back in with her mum. “I didn’t plan it because I couldn’t make the bed, I couldn’t clean, I didn’t know how to pay the bills, I could never be bothered lifting the Hoover upstairs,” she says. Jane wasn’t prepared for the loneliness and isolation of being away from her family and friends.
When she took her mom on a holiday to Benidorm, the fancy hotels did not interest them. “I find with the more expensive hotels the food is too posh or the people are a bit snobby,” says Jane. “I’ve got ordinary tastes. I like going on holiday and being around people like me.”
Now she’s working in a chip shop in Duddingston and is doing five nights a week. She prefers to have a “working routine.” “This shop is in my community so I know everyone who comes in. I’ve always got folks to speak to and say hello.” The Niddrie teenager said she was enjoying the ordinary life.
She is very grateful for her lotto win and says that money certainly does bring a certain degree of happiness, allowing you do do things you couldn’t do before.