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.”
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.
VIDEO A Quebec man has missed a C$27 million ($21.5 million) lottery jackpot by 7 seconds.
Canada’s Supreme Court has said it will not hear the appeal of Joel Ifergan.
Joel Ifergan bought two tickets for the weekly lottery draw in 2008, but the second ticket with the winning numbers printed just after the deadline.
The man argued he should share the winnings as he bought both tickets before the cut-off.
Joel Ifergan reportedly spent $100,000 in legal costs on the case.
“I’m really disappointed in the decision, and it’s not because it’s about the money,” Joel Ifergan told CTV News, saying Quebec’s slower lottery machines were to blame.
“Had those tickets been bought anywhere else in Canada, I would have been a millionaire seven years ago.”
Joel Ifergan had sued Montreal lottery but has been rejected both in Quebec courts and now at Canada’s highest court.
Another person also had the winning numbers for the week Joel Ifergan wanted to claim, so if his case had been successful, he would have shared the prize.
An Iowa lottery employee has been arrested after he was named as the mystery winner of a multimillion-dollar jackpot at Hot Lotto.
Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, has been charged with two counts of fraud after a four-year investigation.
He bought the Hot Lotto ticket in 2010, despite being legally prohibited, according to Iowa officials.
Eddie Raymond Tipton was caught after allegedly trying to claim the ticket through intermediaries.
In 2010, Eddie Raymond Tipton had been working as the Director of Information Security for the Multi-State Lottery Association. Employees are banned from buying tickets or winning prizes.
The ticket Eddie Raymond Tipton bought was worth over $14 million.
Suspicions were raised after a lawyer tried to claim the prize for an unnamed person in 2011.
Iowa Lottery President Terry Rich said the case was one of the strangest in lottery history.
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A New Yorker won $10 million lottery jackpot following a convenience store clerk’s mistake.
Jerry Kajfasz of Lancaster won a $10 million jackpot from a $20 scratch-off ticket he purchased last month at a suburban Buffalo store.
He tells local media outlets he bought seven scratch-off tickets but the clerk nearly handed him an eighth one costing $20. Jerry Kajfasz, 53, caught the mistake and handed it back.
Jerry Kajfasz of Lancaster won a $10 million jackpot from a $20 scratch-off ticket he purchased last month at a suburban Buffalo store
After winning a total of $25 from the tickets, Jerry Kajfasz went back inside the store and used the winnings to buy the same $20 scratch-off ticket the clerk had almost given to him by mistake.
That Win for Life Spectacular ticket wound up being a winner with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $10 million.
Jerry Kajfasz has already quit his printing job.
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Two winning tickets – bought in Arizona and Missouri – share a $550 million Powerball lottery jackpot, the second-biggest US prize ever, organizers say.
The jackpot swelled after 16 consecutive draws had failed to produce a winning ticket.
No-one has yet come forward to claim the prize.
Tickets had been selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide, but the odds of scooping the top prize had been calculated at one in 175 million.
Lottery officials said the winning tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri, but it was not yet clear whether they had been bought by individuals or groups.
Statisticians calculated that a player had more chance of becoming US president, dying from a bee sting or getting struck by lightning than hitting the jackpot.
The numbers drawn late on Wednesday were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and 6.
The prize fund had apparently been boosted by late purchases by those who rarely play the lottery.
“I’ve been thinking about winning this money and what I’d do with it,” first-time ticket buyer Pat Powell told the Associated Press in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Let me just join the hype and just do it.”
Two winning tickets, bought in Arizona and Missouri, share a $550 million Powerball lottery jackpot, the second-biggest US prize ever
In New York, another player, Nelson Batista, told Reuters news agency that if he won:
“Maybe I’d change my face and my whole body and I make myself more younger.”
Forty-two US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands participate in the Powerball lottery.
Officials doubled the price of Powerball lottery tickets in January to $2.
Despite an initial drop in sales, revenue is reportedly about 35% higher than 2011 figures.