A lucky Canadian teenager from the province of Quebec has won a jackpot lottery on her 18th birthday!
Charlie Lagarde, who aspires to be a photographer, bought a lottery ticket, and some champagne, to celebrate her 18th birthday on 14th March.
Upon her win, Charlie was given the choice between taking $1 million up front as a lump sum or receiving $1000 a week for life.
The wise teenager chose the second option, after consultation with a financial adviser, since the $1000 annuity will not be taxed, as the lump sum would have been.
Patrice Lavoie, a spokesperson for the lottery corporation told the Canadian Press that “it’s without taxes so it’s equivalent to a salary of more than $100,000 a year, so it’s a great start in life for that young lady.”
She added that this was the first lottery scratch-ticket the young girl had ever purchased and by luck, she “fell upon a winning ticket”.
Charlie wants to use her winnings to travel the world and study her passion further.
The 18-year-old told Loto Quebec, “I want to study photography. One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic”.
On her website, Charlie described herself in the following words:
“I am a 17 year old girl who loves her passion. I want to show the beauty of life. Make you appreciate the little things in life that we do not pay attention to. Have fun!”
Charlie’s Instagram profile is filled with artist photographs of sceneries, nature, her friends and herself that clearly represent her skill as a photographer.
The young winner is from Anjou, Quebec and worked as a Sales Associate at Squish, a candy store, up until recently.
Charlie has a lot of reason to be happy and thankful, for many winning the lottery is a dream come true.
One Twitter user expressed their concerns regarding Charlie’s recent win. The user aptly said the following:
Extremely jealous of you, Charlie Lagarde pic.twitter.com/pO0CqDpVhz
— Austin Phipps (@APhippinator) March 28, 2018
Mr. Patrice Lavoie, a spokesperson for the lottery corporation also tweeted several times about the teenager’s win.
She turns 18, she buys herself her first lottery ticket and wins the jackpot : 1000$ each week for the rest of her life. I talk about that amazing story at 8:10 on @CJAD800 #gagnantavie pic.twitter.com/9clD3Yj7Tl
— Patrice Lavoie (@PatriceLavoie) March 27, 2018
He also said, “The smile of a girl who buys a first lottery ticket on the day of her 18 years and earns $ 1000 per week for life, it looks like that! ?Bravo Charlie! And we wish you to realize your dream: a career in Nat Geo”
Le sourire d’une fille qui s’achète un 1er billet de loterie le jour de ses 18 ans et gagne 1000$ par semaine à vie, ça ressemble à ça! ?Bravo Charlie! Et on te souhaite de réaliser ton rêve : une carrière à @NatGeo #nosgagnants #gagnantavie pic.twitter.com/X17IaspsSz
— Patrice Lavoie (@PatriceLavoie) March 26, 2018
We hope you achieve all your dreams and goals, Charlie!