A 20-year-old Florida man has stepped forward to claim a $450 million in the Mega Millions jackpot, according to WFLA-TV.
Shane Missler, 20, of Port Richey, was identified as the lone winner of the Jan. 5 Mega Millions drawing.
According to the report, he posted on Facebook just three words: “Oh. My. God.” It was apparently in reference to the lottery winning
The winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in the city, and his lawyers told WFLA that he purchased a scratch-off lottery ticket and converted it into five Mega Million quick pick tickets.
Later, the ticket was claimed at Tallahassee lottery offices. It’s not clear if he will get a lump sum payout of $281.2 million (after tax) or annual payments.
His lawyers told WFLA that he retired from his job at a background screening firm. He will now take care of his family and is “educating himself to be a good steward of this fortune.”
NEW: 20-year-old Florida man claims Mega Millions jackpot, choosing to receive one-time, lump-sum payment of $281,874,999.00. pic.twitter.com/MYbYdETx2U
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20-year-old who loves positive thinking wins $450 million lottery jackpot. He's taking the lump sum. https://t.co/gCWLBWP3cS
— Zack Sampson (@ZackSampson) January 12, 2018
“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. 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 said in a statement.
According to his Facebook profile, he’s from Topsham, Maine, and worked at Best Buy. It also says he went to Northern Essex Community College.
— Mary Stringini (@MaryWFTS) January 12, 2018
“If there is one think I have learned thus far in my short time on this earth it is that those who maintain a positive mindset and stay true to themselves get rewarded,” he said in another statement, according to TampaBay Times. “I look forward to the future.”
The winning Mega Millions numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70, and Mega Ball 10.
The 7-Eleven at 7131 Ridge Road will receive a $100,000 commission.