An 18th birthday is a big milestone in a young person’s life. You can finally (legally) do a lot of fun things you couldn’t before—and when the big day comes around, sometimes you just can’t wait.
When Charlie Lagarde, a teen girl from Montérégie, Québec, celebrated her 18th birthday on March 14, she wasted no time in celebrating her adulthood—she bought a bottle of sparkling wine (the drinking age is 18 in Canada), plus her first lottery ticket from the local convenience store.
She decided on the Québec Lottery’s “Gagnant à vie!” scratch-off game. She took it home and played it.
Then, Lagarde made a stunning discovery:
She won the jackpot!
She immediately told her family, and everyone was shocked by the remarkable circumstances. Many people play the lottery their whole lives without ever winning serious money, yet Lagarde won big on her initial try on her first day of eligibility.
Even better, the reward was life-changing: $1,000 dollars a week for the rest of her life!
“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,” lottery spokesman Patrice Lavoie told CTV.
“That was her first lottery ticket ever and she fell upon a winning ticket.”
It’s an unbelievable story, and it sounds like it couldn’t have happened to a better person.
“She’s so sweet, down to earth, grounded,” lottery spokesman Brian Lecompte told CNN.
Lagarde plans to put her new money to good use by pursuing her dream career.
“I want to study photography,” she told the Quebec Lottery. “One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic.”
She has already bought herself a new camera and plans to use the money to travel.
Sounds like adulthood is going to be a great time for this lucky teen.