20-year-old man had ‘a feeling’ he would win the lottery—here’s what happened on the day of draw

January 18, 2018 10:46 am Last Updated: January 18, 2018 10:46 am

Have you ever entered a raffle, contest, or the lottery and just knew you were going to be the winner? Some people seem to have extraordinary luck and always seem to be winning prizes in radio contests or raffle drawings.

Although the odds against winning the lottery are astronomical, one man recently felt surprisingly confident his numbers would hit.

Shane Missler from Port Richey, Florida tweeted, “The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!”

The 20-year-old young man told officials that he had “a feeling” that he might hit the jackpot—and he did just that on January 5, according to the New York Post.

Shane went into 7-Eleven and put down the numbers 28-30-39-59-70 with a Mega Ball of 10. When he was announced the winner of the $451 million jackpot, he was unusually composed. He took his winnings in a lump-sum, which gave him a payment of $281,874,999.

Even though he was not that surprised, that did not stop him from sharing his excitement on Facebook.

Oh. My. God.

Posted by Shane Missler on Friday, January 5, 2018

Shane shared his big news with his brother, and then he shared the news with his dad over coffee, 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.

(Facebook/Shane Missler)

Shane was all smiles when he turned in his ticket at the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The young man’s father and lawyer were with him and released a statement on his behalf.

“If there is one thing 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,” Shane said in his statement. “I look forward to the future.”


“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,” he said.

Shane said he immediately quit his job at a background screening company and said that he plans on moving out of Port Richey.

“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.”