A Canadian teenager has struck the jackpot after purchasing her first lottery ticket on her 18th birthday.
Charlie Lagarde, from the province of Quebec, bought the scratch ticket along with a bottle of champagne to celebrate turning 18.
She won a cool million, and had the choice between taking a $780,000 lump sum or earning $1,000 a week for life.
After consulting with a financial adviser, the young winner opted for the $1,000 annuity because it is not taxed.
Did she choose wisely?
“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,” Patrice Lavoie, 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 says she wants to use the money to travel and put it towards her education to study photography. One of her dreams would be to work for National Geographic,” she told Loto Quebec.