March 27, 2018 1:44 pm

Quebec teen celebrates 18th birthday with lottery ticket, hits the jackpot

Charlie Lagarde, 18, has won $1,000 per week for life.

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A Quebec teen who bought a lottery ticket for the first time to celebrate her entry into adulthood has walked away with $1,000 a week for the rest of her life.

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Charlie Lagarde won the grand prize in the Gagnant a Vie lottery.

Loto-Quebec says Lagarde, who hails from a region just southeast of Montreal, was celebrating her 18th birthday with a bottle of champagne and a $4 scratch lottery ticket purchased at a convenience store earlier this month.

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After winning the jackpot, she took a few weeks to decide on whether to accept a lump sum $1 million payout or the $1,000 weekly lifetime annuity.

Lagarde claimed her prize Monday at Loto-Quebec’s head office in Montreal, joined by family and friends.

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She told lottery officials she has plans to study photography and hopes to work one day for National Geographic.

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