Jane Park, the youngest millionaire winner of the British “EuroMillions” lottery, intends to sue the operating company Camelot. The then 17-year-old from Edinburgh, Scotland, won around 1.2 million euros in 2013 with her first lot. Now she announced that she would file a lawsuit against the lottery operator for negligence. The profit four years ago had ruined her life. According to the park, minors are overwhelmed with such a rain of money and should therefore not be allowed to buy lottery tickets.
Boredom, emptiness and isolation
Jane Park demands an increase in the legal minimum age from 16 to at least 18 years. If it were up to her, minors should be able to win such large sums as they shouldn't. Compared to the British Mirror, the now 21-year-old said that she was certain that the millions won had not changed her life for the better, but for the worse. Above all, the associated stress is causing her problems:
“People see me and envy my lifestyle and money. But they don't understand what stress I'm exposed to. I have possessions, but other than that, my life is empty. What is my purpose in this world? “
In addition, she longs for her old life, in which she could still enjoy the little things. Even with the rules of high society in exclusive vacation spots all over the world, she can't do anything. They prefer to travel with their friends within Europe. The money also puts her in the way of interpersonal relationships, Park says. She has problems finding a partner who is not targeting her assets.
Camelot sees no responsibility
The British lottery operator Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, which sells the EuroMillions tickets, is completely at fault. The company provides its customers with a consultant for the time after the money blessing, who should educate them about life as a millionaire and the associated investment opportunities for the prize money. At the time, the youngster was overwhelmed by the situation and the advice from Camelot. The only support at that time was the family. The lottery operator says:
“We take our duty of care towards the winners very seriously. We offer all winners of larger amounts support and advice for as long as they wish. Our help depends on the individual life situation of the winner. Age naturally plays an important role for young people and determines the type of counseling. ”
Camelot points out Parliament's responsibility when it comes to raising the minimum age to participate in the lottery. In London, they are responsible for amending the law, not Camelot. A company spokesman said:
“Anyone who is at least 16 years old can play the lottery and win accordingly. Camelot does not decide on the age limit for such a game, it was determined in 1994 when the National Lottery was launched. Therefore, all questions regarding the minimum age must be addressed to Parliament. “
From temporary help to a millionaire
At the time of her win in 2013, the young woman was still working for an hourly wage of £ 8 an hour and lived with her mother in a modest social home in her hometown of Edinburgh. The win was an incredible joy for her at the time. She has invested the million in real estate, cosmetic surgeries, handbags, cars, travel and other luxury goods. Despite the material independence, Jane Park is unhappy:
“I thought winning would make my life ten times better, but it made it ten times worse. Most days I just wish I had no money. My life would be so much easier if I hadn't won. “
Did she ever think about getting rid of her money? At that Jane Park laughs and says no.
British lottery fraudsters sentenced to long prison terms
Sonja Çeven, October 7th, 2019
In Britain, an alleged lottery millionaire was sentenced to nine years in prison for fraud. 54-year-old Edward Putman was found guilty of stealing £ 2.5m from the Camelot lottery company in 2009 using a fake lottery ticket.
An accomplice with the lottery company
Edward Putman had been extremely cunning about his fraud. To swindle the millions, he had used the help of his accomplice Giles Knibbs. At the time, the latter was employed by the Camelot lottery company in a department that was responsible for detecting fraud.
Due to his extensive inside knowledge, Giles Knibbs knew the weaknesses of the internal control system at Camelot. The purpose of this is to check and verify the authenticity of lottery winnings, but Giles Knibbs knew how to outwit the system.
Camelot Group, based in Watford, England, operates the National Lottery. The company held a license to operate the lottery business in the UK until 2023. It made a profit of £ 47.2 million in 2017 on £ 5.5 billion in sales.
The license terms stipulate that 24% of sales go to charity. The UK Post and Cadbury Schweppes, Fujitsu Services and Thales Electronics are among the main shareholders of the gaming company.
Giles Knibbs then got access to a list of undrawn lottery winnings. Appropriately instructed Edward Putman submitted a non-redeemed ticket shortly before the 180 day deadline for registering lottery winnings at Camelot and claimed the £ 2.5m prize.
The counterfeit ticket showed the winning numbers, but did not have a barcode to check the authenticity. But based on the inside information from Giles Knibbs, his accomplice knew in which shop the ticket had been purchased. Camelot then confirmed “based on available evidence” that the million dollar win was lawful and released the payment.
Accomplice's suicide and investigation
Giles Knibbs (Image: Wikipedia)
The cheating of the two men took a tragic turn in 2015 when Giles Knibbs committed suicide. There had previously been disputes over the distribution of millions of euros. Giles Knibbs had felt cheated by his former partner.
Instead of sharing the million shares with him, Edward Putman only paid him £ 280,000. After complaining about the small payments, the accomplice later paid him another £ 50,000.
After he threatened to expose the fraud, there was a real argument between the two. Edward Putman then went to the police and reported his accomplices to extortion and theft, and Giles Knibbs was briefly detained.
Shortly afterwards, Giles Knibbs committed suicide. Before his suicide, the Camelot employee had told friends about the fraud. After they informed the police, the investigation into Edward Putman was launched. The indictment took place in September 2018, on the basis of which the long-term prison sentence has now been released.
For Camelot, attempting fraud is not an isolated case. This year, the alleged million-dollar profit of two serial offenders attracted special attention. In contrast to the Putman case, the group refused from the start to pay the men the required amount.
Edward Putman has already served several prison terms
This is not the first time Edward Putman has come into conflict with the law. As early as the early 1990s, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for the sexual abuse of a young woman.
Now that her tormentor was convicted, the now 45-year-old woman told the British daily The Mirror:
He was a monster, a brutal abuser. It is now where it belongs. I am happy with the result.
After the fact, the victim sued Edward Putman for pain and suffering. In the following trial, he was fined £ 50,000. The woman donated the money to a charity.
Even after his stolen millions of dollars, Edward Putman was once again caught on trial: in 2012, a court sentenced him to nine months in prison. The reason at the time: he wanted to sneak up £ 13,000 from government agencies due to false financial statements, a sum that seems tiny in view of the lottery millions in his account.