Teen Wins Lottery on First Day as an Adult

Quebec teen will get weekly payment for life
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2018 2:28 AM CDT
Updated Apr 1, 2018 6:00 PM CDT
Charlie Lagarde collects her prize.   (Loto Quebec)

(Newser) – A Canadian teenager managed to set herself up financially for life on her first day as an adult. Charlie Lagarde celebrated her 18th birthday earlier this month by buying a lottery ticket and a bottle of champagne, which 18-year-olds can legally purchase in Quebec, and ended up winning the jackpot of $1,000 Canadian, around $780 US, a week for life, the BBC reports. Lagarde collected the prize this week after taking time to decide she wanted the untaxed weekly payment instead of a lump sum of $1 million Canadian, reports Global. Lottery officials say the winning scratch card was her first-ever lottery ticket. Lagarde says she now plans to travel and study photography. She says she hopes to one day work at National Geographic. (The winner of a $560 million US jackpot is remaining anonymous.)

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