Shane Missler, a 20-year-old man from Port Richey, won a stunning $451 million jackpot! Missler chose to receive a lump-sum payment of $281,874,999, lottery officials 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,” he said in a statement.
Missler will turn 21 in May, bought his triumphant Quick Pick ticket at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey with money he’d won from a scratch-off lottery ticket!
“The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!” he tweeted Friday.
Missler said he wasn’t shocked by his big win because he had “a feeling” he just might hit the jackpot, lottery officials said. However, he still expressed his disbelief in a Facebook post minutes after the Jan. 5 drawing.
“Oh. My. God.,” he wrote at 11:33 p.m., when he saw his winning combination was 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and Mega Ball, 10.
Missler shared the exciting news with his brother first, then spilled the beans to his dad over coffee the next morning, lottery officials said.
The Maine native “retired” from his job at a background screening company, and plans to move away from the Tampa Bay area.
“Although I’m young, I’ve had a crash course this week in financial management and I feel so fortunate to have this incredible wealth and team behind me,” Missler said.
“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.”
Missler flashed a big smile when he turned in his winning ticket with his dad and a lawyer. The lump sum will be paid to a trust — called “Secret 007, LLC” — that Missler manages.
Missler’s Twitter feed was filled with inspirational messages, like “No more talk, only action” and “Do or do not, there is no try,” even before his huge win!
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