The lucky winner of the historic fourth-largest $451 jackpot in Mega Millions has finally come forward on Friday. The sole winner of the gigantic prize is only 20 years old.
Shane Missler of Port Richey chose to receive his prize in a lump-sum payment of $281,874,999. He says he will be using the huge amount to pursue a “variety of passions”, help his family and do some good for humanity.
Missler was so lucky that he only bought his winning Quick Pick ticket at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey with money he won from a scratch-off lottery ticket.
Missler who will turn 21 in May says he wasn’t at all surprised with his huge win. Lottery officials say Missler had “a feeling” he might hit the jackpot. The triumphant young man also tweeted on Friday his big takeaway from the event that changed his life forever. He posted: “The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated.”
Still, he expressed his good shock upon hearing news of his good fortune as he wrote in a Facebook post minutes after the January 5 drawing: “Oh. My. God.”
The winning combination was 28,30, 39,59, 70 and Mega Ball, 10.
He has quickly “retired” from his job at a background screening company, and is also planning to move away from the Tampa Bay area.
He first shared the best news he has received in his young life to his brother before revealing the truth to his father over coffee the following morning.
Missler took a crash course in financial management this week and says he has an incredible wealth and team behind him. He also shares he would be responsible for what he will get. He says: “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.”
The young man has already turned his winning lottery ticket on Friday afternoon accompanied by his father and a lawyer. The lump sum will be paid to a trust called “Secret 007, LLC” which he himself will manage.