On her 18th birthday earlier this month, the Canadian teenager bought a bottle of sparkling wine and a $4 scratch lottery ticket at a nearby convenience store in Quebec - and, just like that, her future was off to a very nice start.
Loto-Quebec officials said in a statement that after buying her first lottery ticket, Lagarde won the grand prize March 14 in the Gagnant à vie (Winner for life) game.
Her first major decision as an adult? The 18-year-old had to decide whether she wanted the $1 million lump sum (U.S. $773,800) or $1,000 per week (U.S. $773.80) for the rest of her life.
Lagarde waited a couple weeks to make up her mind, consulting a financial adviser and considering her options. Then she decided that, based on her age, she would accept the lifetime annuity, according to local news reports.
The teen said she intends to invest in her education as well as do some traveling - one of her passions.
"I want to study photography. One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic," she said, according to the statement from lottery officials.
Lagarde bought the lottery ticket at a Couche-Tard convenience store, but she waited to scratch it until she got back to her home in Monteregie, not far from Montreal, according to the Canadian Press news agency.
Prizes in Canadian dollars for the Gagnant à vie game range from $4 to the grand prize - the $1 million one-time payout or the $1,000 weekly lifetime annuity. 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.
The Canadian Press reported that Lagarde, accompanied by family members and friends, made her way Monday to the Loto-Quebec headquarters in Montreal. There, she was presented with the customary giant check.
Patrice Lavoie, a spokesperson for the lottery corporation, called it a "great start in life" for a "kind, down-to-earth and well-advised young lady."
"She wants to pursue her education, study photography and dreams about working for National Geographic," he said in a statement Wednesday to The Washington Post. "She was a real breath of fresh air when she came to our office to claim her prize, with friends and family. All of us at Loto-Quebec are really happy for her."
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