Woman wins lottery after buying first ever ticket to mark 18th birthday

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

Charlie Lagarde, from the province of Quebec couldn't have asked for a better birthday gift for her 18th birthday.

A Canadian teenager who just turned 18 years old landed herself in the enviable position of getting 1,000 Canadian dollars (S$1,015) a week for the rest of her life.

The victor was offered the choice of a $1m (€630,000) lump sum or $1,000 (€630) a week for the rest of her entire life.

After about a week of weighing her options, Ms Lagarde went for the latter, the BBC reported on Wednesday (March 28).

Lagarde said she wants to use the money for travel and her education.

"That was her first lottery ticket ever and she fell upon a winning ticket".

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

"I want to study photography". Although the odds of winning something are about 1 in 2.5, the chances of taking home the top prize are only about 1 in 6 million, according to the lottery.

Lagarde claimed her prize Monday at Loto-Quebec's head office in Montreal, joined by family and friends. There, she was presented with the customary giant check. "One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic", Charlie said. "All of us at Loto-Quebec are really happy for her".

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