£1m winner was almost refused Euromillions ticket

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A SHOPKEEPER has revealed he nearly refused to sell an Edinburgh teenager a winning Euromillions ticket – because he thought she was underage.

Delighted Hibs fan Jane Park, 17, scooped £1m after buying her winning lucky dip from the Lifestyle Express shop on Broughton Street.

Jane Park celebrates her lottery win. Picture: Toby Williams

Jane Park celebrates her lottery win. Picture: Toby Williams

But her dreams of lotto-joy could have been scuppered because shopkeeper Abdul Rasheed Dabafum refused to believe she was over 16 – a legal stipulation when selling a ticket.

He said: “I remember her coming in and asking for the lottery ticket.

“I asked her if she had any proof of age because she looked so young. She showed me and bought the ticket. She is a very lucky girl. It’s funny to think we sold her a winning ticket. I hope she enjoys it.”

The former Holy Rood High pupil had already visited the shop to buy juice – but went back after seeing billboards revealing last Friday’s draw would produce 100 millionaires.

She bought one lucky dip – her first ever lottery ticket – and won big after her millionaire raffle code was chosen at random.

The teenager only checked her ticket on Sunday – before breaking the big news to her shocked mum.

“I ran through and she was hoovering,” she said. “I told her that I thought I’d won £1m and she told me to be quiet.

“Neither of us could believe it. It still hasn’t sunk in yet to be honest.

“We took the ticket to the shop to be checked. Even they said we’d better ring the Lottery.”

Jane, who works for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, plans to continue in her job as they had recently extended her contract by six months. She said she would not “leave them in the lurch” and even went in to work this week, following her massive win.

Now the footie fan plans buying a season ticket and spoiling her parents Linda and Brian, sister Roxanne, 24, and brothers Billy, 16, and Gavin, six. She said: “I’ve never really had time for a season ticket before as I was always busy in the week and like to spend time with my family at the weekend.

“I just used to go to the home games I could make as my family comes first but now I could get us all season tickets.

“I’ve always supported Hibs so I don’t think I’ll be giving anything to Hearts I’m afraid, but you never know.”

Jane says she will eventually splash the cash on a house and a customised white Range Rover with pink interior.

But she will have to learn how to drive first and says she may get a smaller runaround to begin with.

Her first priority has been getting her own passport so she can go on her first “girlie 
holiday” with friends.

The shop-a-holic is hoping to take a suitcase of new clothes away on her travels but has not decided on a definite 
destination yet.

She said: “I want to go somewhere where there will be plenty of young people, somewhere like Magaluf or Ibiza.

“I need to get the time off work first but I’ve made sure the passport will be ready for when I do.”