Canadian teenager becomes youngest person to win $48m jackpot lottery
18-year-old Juliette Lamour, from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario became the youngest person to win tens of millions of Canadian dollars. She was announced as the winner on Friday by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC) winning C$48m (£30m) after buying a lottery ticket for the first time.
Juliette bought the ticket on her 18th birthday at the suggestion of her grandfather. She said, "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.”
The OLGC said in a statement, "While there have been other 18-year-old lottery winners across Canada in recent years, no one has won as much as Juliette.”
She said she planned to invest most of her winnings with the help of her father, who is a financial adviser. She also mentioned that she will continue studying to become a doctor to practice medicine and give back to her community.
About what she plans to do in near future, she said, “Once school is done, my family and I will pick a continent and start exploring.” Adding, “Money doesn’t define you. It’s the work you do that will define you."