An 18-year-old woman is now $48 million richer after winning a lottery ticket in Canada – the first time she played the game.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation called Juliette Lamour the youngest Canadian to ever win such a big jackpot through the lottery and presented her check on Friday.
Lamour, who lives in Ontario, said a family member suggested she buy a lotto ticket.
“I had just turned 18 and my grandfather suggested I buy a lottery ticket for fun,” Lamour said at a media conference on Friday, according to the lottery agency.
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When did she learn she won?
Lamour said she had forgotten all about the lottery ticket until she heard news that someone from her hometown had won the Jan. 7 draw.
When she went to check her ticket through a mobile app, a jingle started to play and “Big Winner” flashed on the screen.
“I was crying,” Lamour said. “I still can’t believe I hit the Gold Ball jackpot on my very first lottery ticket!”
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What will she do with the money?
Lamour said she was comforted knowing her dad is a financial planner.
While the majority of the money will be put away for now in investments, Lamour said she remains committed to her dream of becoming a doctor.
“I wanted to go to medical school before winning the lottery. Now I can pursue this dream without worrying about grants or loans,” she said.
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