Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Florida man, 20, claims $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Florida man, 20, claims $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

He's not old enough to drink but he's $451 million richer.

Shane Missler, a 20-year-old who bought the ticket from a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, Fla., posted a simple Facebook message the night of the drawing on January 5.

A believer in the power of a positive mindset, Shane wasn't really surprised that he had won, according to the Florida Lottery.

The win didn't come as a shock for Missler, whose attorney set up a private limited company called "Secret 007, LLC", officials said.

Since his win, Mr Missler posted a photo of a book by businessman Gary Vaynerchuk he appeared to be reading, and added: "Young entrepreneur in the making". Then he met his father for coffee the next morning and broke the news. It's still unclear whether Missler will receive a lump sum payout of $281.2 million or annual payments.

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Missler bought five lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven store in Pasco County, Florida earlier that day, according to the Daily Mail, using money he previously won from a scratch-off lottery ticket.

The winning numbers to claim the nation's 10th-largest jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70 with a Mega Ball of 10. Missler told the paper that he planned to help his family, have some fun along the way, and make sure his financial success extended far into the future.

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The quick-pick ticket was sold at 7-Eleven, located at 7131 Ridge Road in Port Richey. "I look forward to the future". Last fall, administrators increased ticket prices and the starting jackpot, hoping to boost attention for the game around bigger winnings. Most states also charge taxes, but Florida does not. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history, and Missler is the sole victor.

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