Teenager wins $48 million with first lottery ticket she ever bought
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One teenager from Canada had the luck of a lifetime this week having won the lottery jackpot of $48 million.
The best part? It's the first time she's ever bought a ticket for the national pot-luck game.
Juliette Lamour, who has just turned 18-years-old, managed to scoop up the huge jackpot prize (worth almost £30 million) on Friday, having unknowingly bought the winning ticket on her very first try.
Lamour has set a new record as being the youngest ever lottery winner to have won a jackpot so huge.
Though she certainly isn't the youngest person to ever win the lottery, nobody as young as Lamour has been even close to winning a jackpot that high.
Juliet believes that her decision to buy a ticket for this particular lottery draw was purely a coincidence.
She told Global News that her grandfather had suggested playing the lottery as a 'fun' way of marking her 18th birthday.
And he was definitely correct as this will be a birthday for Lamour to remember!
She told the outlet: “I just turned 18 and my grandfather suggested I buy a lottery ticket for fun.
“When I went to the store, I wasn’t sure what to ask for because I had never bought a ticket before, so I called my dad who told me to buy a LOTTO 6-49 Quick Pick."
Lamour is astounded to have won the lottery on her first go, and the realisation is still setting in for her.
“I still can’t believe I hit the Gold Ball jackpot on my very first lottery ticket!” she said, before admitting that she had actually forgotten about buying the ticket.
She said that she and her work colleagues were coincidentally discussing the recent big win after local news had reported that the winning ticket was sold in Sault Ste. Marie where Lamour lives, but was still to be claimed.
Lamour then checked the lottery app on her phone and couldn’t believe her luck.
“My colleague fell to his knees in disbelief. He was yelling, in fact, everyone was yelling that I won $48 million!” she recalled.
When opening the app to check whether her numbers had been drawn, she said a winning jingle started playing and a message was displayed across the screen saying 'Big Winner'.
OLG have since commented on her win, saying: “While there have been other 18-year-old lottery winners across Canada in recent years, no one has won as much as Juliette.”
As for what she plans to do with her winnings, Lamour said she wants to finish her university studies then go on some 'summer adventures'.