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Canadian teen wins lottery aged 18

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A Canadian teenager has struck the jackpot after buying her first ever lottery ticket to mark her 18th birthday.

Charlie Lagarde bought the scratch ticket to celebrate turning 18 on 14 March.

She won, and had the choice between taking a $1 million lump sum now,Ā  or earning $1,000 a week for life.

Charlie decided to get the money every week, and says she wants to use it to travel and for her education.

Following this news we wondered what Kiwi Kids News readers would do if they were in the same situation. So in the comments below can you let us know if you would rather $1,000,000 straight away or $1000 a week for the rest of your life.

92 Responses

  1. I would choose the 1000 a week for the rest of my life because by the time i’m nearly 70 I would have close to 2 million! šŸ˜€

  2. I worked it out and the average age to live in nz is 81.4, there are 52 weeks in one year BUT you have to be at least 18 to buy a lottery ticket so 81-18=63.4, 63.4 rounded is 63 (for simplicity) so 63×52=3276. 3276 is the amount of weeks (on average) she will live for so 3276×1000= $3,276,000 which is equal to NZ $3,524,000 plus inflation

  3. 1mil straight away, if I got 1000 a week I would be tempted to waste it, but if I got it straight away I would be able to buy a gaming mansion.

  4. i would get the million dollars right away because so i can buy some v bucks and spend lots of money on minecraft and club penguin

  5. $1000 dollars a week you would make more than 1 million and you will earn more if you have a job

  6. I would rather get $1000 a week for life coz it would give much more money by earning $365,000 a year!!

  7. I would do $1,000 per week because if you lived 30 years then more then 1,000,000

  8. Think about it…18 years old…$1000 dollars for the rest of her life…save all that and I GUARANTEE you that one day, she will be richer than ol’ Bill Gates

  9. you would earn 3.2 million dollars from 18 to 82 which is the average lifespan of a canadian female.

  10. Wow I would totally take the one thousand dollars a week, you would very obviously end up with more than one million. Girl, you made the right choice šŸ™‚

  11. I’d get 1,000 a weak because if get 1,000 a weak for 100 years not saying you well thats more than 1,000,000. @=@

  12. $1,000 Dollars.
    a Week and I would keep building up and just imagine spending 100 dollars a week it is quite alot for kid so spending $1,000 on something whould be jackpot! And you dont even have to spend it if you want you can save up untill you want to spend something cool That You Really Want $1,000 by far.

  13. If that was me i would choose the $1000 a week for my whole life cause 1 million dollars wouldn’t last a lifetime. That’s my opinion

  14. I would take the 1,000 a week i would not be able to handle the pressure of feeling as though i would need to spend the money. i to would spend it on educational purposes as well as donate to the charity’s that help make up our community.

  15. 1000 a week it would build up more and you might have a job too so you would get heaps

  16. I would say $1,000 a week because if you were to get the $1,000,000 straight away, you would probably have spent it all within a few days, whereas if you got $1,000 a week, you would more likely live between your means and not spend too much.

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