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Woman shares why she planned to sue after winning multi-million dollar jackpot

<p dir="ltr">A UK woman who won over a million dollars through the lottery has described it as a “twisted fairytale” rather than a dream come true.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jane Park, who won the £1 million Euromillions lottery in 2013, said winning big isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, revealing that she has been blackmailed and threatened with violence ever since, per <em><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Sun</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The lottery should come with a health warning similar to smoking or drinking,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I understand they can’t make winning sound awful but they have a responsibility to not mislead the public.”</p> <p dir="ltr">After threatening to sue Camelot, the company that sold her the fateful ticket when she was just 17, prompted changes preventing those under 18 from having a gamble, she said the change doesn’t go far enough.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Park also wants ads for the game to be aired later at night - rather than during time slots that kids will be watching - and thinks that Lotto chiefs shouldn’t wait until someone wins to warn players of what’s in store.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The adverts should be aired later in the evening and advertising should be out of the way from children,” she said,</p> <p dir="ltr">“It sounds silly but children dream of either being famous or winning the lottery, and if it wasn’t so glamorised maybe there would be more ambition rather than gambling.</p> <p dir="ltr">“People always refer to the lottery as ‘playing the lottery’, but it’s not ‘playing’, it’s just plain gambling, apart from picking some number there is no game element to it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“How it wasn’t held to the same legislation as gambling from the beginning baffles me.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Park revealed that she is bombarded with pleas for help in the form of cash from strangers and that she’s even proposed to on a weekly basis.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It may be parents with terminally-ill children or needing life-changing surgery. Uni students want me to pay for their education,” she explained.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I also get a lot of marriage proposals, I’d say I get at least one a week. It’s not from anyone interested in me, it’s from people interested in the money.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The Edinburgh native has previously spoken about her fight to increase the age limit, which she had planned to take to court until her cause became the subject of media attention.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was prepared to go to court to get my argument known, but the media attention it received got my point heard by the right people and I didn’t need to go that far in the end,” she explained.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I know that is directly because of the attention I brought to the subject.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Part one of my mission was to have the age range increased, part two is to try and make advertising the lottery more truthful.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She added that it’s “wrong” that the lotto is glamorised as “dream come true money”, when in reality she described it more as a “twisted fairytale” where strangers ask about her bank balance daily.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m proud that I have invested my money wisely and nine years later I’m still living a good life,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It just feels like people are waiting for the day I become broke and homeless, but I won’t let that happen.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A spokesperson for the Department of Media Culture and Sport said the law was changed so that only those over the age of 18 could take part in the National Lottery, up from the previous minimum age of 16.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission and we will not hesitate to act further if we consider it necessary,” they said.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ecf45aca-7fff-7df7-9cbc-ec78fdfc4615"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @janeparkx (Instagram)</em></p>

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Grace Tame reveals why she didn’t smile in infamous photo

<p dir="ltr">Grace Tame has opened up about her wedding plans, future advocacy, and the reason behind her expression from her photo op with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a new interview.</p> <p dir="ltr">The former Australian of the Year featured on the cover of <em><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stellar Magazine</a></em>’s International Women’s Day issue, and gave an accompanying, in-depth interview.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Tame rebutted claims she “hates men”, saying it struck a nerve after she worked so hard advocating for male survivors of child sexual abuse.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’ve never, never, never had the words ‘I hate men’ come out of my mouth,” she told the publication. “Male survivors are among my best friends … I do my darnedest to be the best advocate for the survivor community, which very much includes boys.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3ce87959-7fff-aab2-2e66-1c42dad6022e"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The 27-year-old also said she has “never called herself a feminist” despite sharing ideals with the movement since she “just assumed everyone wants equality”.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink=";utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Stellar (@stellarmag)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">She said she hoped International Women’s Day would see the conversation of equality - regardless of gender - continue, in a similar sentiment to her speech at the National Press Club in February.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am an advocate for all survivors of child sexual abuse, many of whom are male. We cannot forget our boys, we cannot forget our men who are fellow survivors of abuse,” she said during her speech.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-027cd2bc-7fff-cec7-1156-65b391f367e9"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Her interview with <em>Stellar </em>saw her share an insight into her relationship with Max Heerey, her fiancé and manager.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I said, “OATH, YES!!!” <a href=""></a></p> <p>— Grace Tame (@TamePunk) <a href="">January 22, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“We’re a team of two,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Tame said they hope to marry in February 2023, but that their shared “parmie and pub” natures might see them just run away and marry rather than hold a huge event.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Something low-key, maybe on a beach somewhere … Maybe we might just run away somewhere then have a party afterwards,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">She also touched on the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">now infamous images</a> of her with Mr Morrison, which sparked outrage among conservative MPs and male journalists, while speaking about her friendship with former parliamentary staffer Brittany Higgins, who claims she was raped at Parliament House by a former colleague.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Our stories are very different for obvious reasons. I stand with Brittany. I support Brittany at all costs. But the common thread is [the way the complaints have been handled]. There’s the protecting the institutional image over the wellbeing of an individual [who makes a complaint], which is inexcusable. It’s unforgivable,” Ms Tame said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We can add it to the long list of reasons that I was not going to compromise my principles and smile at the Prime Minister who has excused all of these things for the sake of civility.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-df882b71-7fff-e772-82c0-b6df985fa9d3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">As for her advocacy work, Ms Tame said she hoped 2022 would be the biggest year yet after launching a campaign to remove the word ‘relationship’ from the offence of Persistent Child Sexual Abuse under section 66EA of the NSW Crimes Act 1900.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Let’s reform our laws so we can reform our cultures and perceptions.</p> <p>Words matter. ‘Relationship’ sanitises and normalises a sinister, premeditated evil. It belies the problematic journalistic practice of reporting CSA cases as ‘affairs’. This must end. </p> <p>We’re well on our way.</p> <p>— Grace Tame (@TamePunk) <a href="">February 18, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“[This] is really important because it’s what drives a lot of the unhelpful perceptions and the victim-blaming around the whole offence of Persistent Child Sexual Abuse,” she explained.</p> <p dir="ltr">She also hopes to support educational organisations and programs teaching children what grooming is and what it looks like.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7d377c21-7fff-00ad-1793-7c1bcea62cde"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @stellarmag (Instagram)</em></p>

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