To celebrate turning 18 on March 14, Quebec teen Charlie Lagarde went out and bought a bottle of sparkling wine and a $4 scratch ticket. She discovered she'd won once she got home, then had to decide how she wanted to take the winnings: in a $1 million lump sum, or in weekly $1,000 payments for life. After seeking advice from a financial advisor (how mature!), she opted for the one-grand-per-week-for-life route -- an objectively wise choice.
"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," the spokesperson for the lottery corporation, Patrice Lavoie, told the Canadian Press. A great start in life indeed. And if you consider that the average Canadian female lives to be 82, Lagarde stands to rack up over $3.3 million in winnings over her lifetime.