18-year-old buys her first lottery ticket and wins $1,000 a week for life

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On her 18th birthday, Charlie Lagarde bought a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine and her first-ever lottery ticket at a Quebec convenience store.

When she got home, the newly-minted adult discovered she was also a newly-minted millionaire.

It turns out the Gagnant à vie scratch-off she bought was worth a million dollars. Instead of the lump sum, she chose the annuity option and will receive $1,000 every week for the rest of her life.

It was the first time Legarde had ever played the lottery, said officials at Loto Quebec. That’s because a person has to be 18 to play there.

She plans to spend prize money on traveling and exploring her passion for photography.

“One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic,” Lagarde told lottery officials.

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