Mega Millions Jackpot Claimed by 20-Year-Old Port Richey Man
Shane Missler from Florida has been named the sole winner of the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot.
The 20-year-old says he plans to “have some fun” after opted to receive a one-time payment of $282 million, instead of the full amount over a longer period of time.
Shane Missler matched five numbers and a bonus ball to scoop the fourth largest win in the US game’s history.
He said he had a feeling he could win on the night of the Mega Millions draw, says a press release.
Minutes after the draw a week ago Shane Missler posted on Facebook: “Oh. My. God.”
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Shane Missler presented his winning ticket at the state lottery headquarters in Tallahassee on January 12, accompanied by his father and a lawyer.
According to the statement, he said: “I’m only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity.”
Shane Missler told the Tampa Bay Times: “I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future.”
He had “retired” from his job at a company that carried out employment background checks, his lawyers say.
Shane Missler bought the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in his hometown of Port Richey, 40 miles north of Tampa, using a “Quick Pick” option that selects the numbers randomly.
The winning numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59, and 70 with a “Mega Ball” of 10.