Most people are familiar with the unique excitement of becoming a legal adult – but imagine happily celebrating your 18th birthday only to find out that you’ve essentially become a millionaire.
That is exactly what happened to Charlie Lagarde when she turned 18 years old on March 14th.
The Quebec teenager was relishing her new freedoms as an adult by buying a bottle of champagne and her very first lottery ticket.
As fate would have it, the ticket wasn’t just significant because it was her first time playing the lotto – it was also significant because it was a winning ticket for the $1 million jackpot.
After consulting with a financial advisor, Lagarde opted to take $1,000 per week for the rest of her life rather than the $780,000 lump sum after taxes.
“It’s without taxes so it’s equivalent to a salary of more than $100,000 a year, so it’s a great start in life for that young lady,” a spokesman for the lottery corporation told the Canadian Press. “That was her first lottery ticket ever and she fell upon a winning ticket.”
Lagarde plans on using the money to travel and finance her education so she can pursue her dream of working for National Geographic.
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