Young Floridian claims whopping $451M Mega Millions jackpot
At age 20, most people are skiping classes in college, flipping burgers for low pay or playing Xbox in Mom and Dad’s basement.
Not Shane Missler of Port Richey, Fla. He’s officially a retired background screener.
That’s because Missler recently claimed a massive $451 million Mega Millions jackpot, making him the sole winner of the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions lottery history, according to ABC News. Cha-ching!
Missler chose the lump sum payout, which totaled $281.2 million after taxes.
While he can’t even buy a beer to celebrate, Missler does have plans to purchase a new home in Tampa. And it also appears that he doesn’t intend to waste his brand new fortune (though a private jet trip to claim his winnings in Tallahassee was first on his agenda, according to his Instagram page).
“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. “I have always been one to encourage the idea of chasing dreams and I believe life is about the pursuit of passion.
“I am 20 years old and my journey has only just begun.”
What a jerk. We mean, good for him.
While a haul that big would send a lot of people into a frenzy, the now mega-wealthy winner coolly called his brother to share the news and met with his father the following morning for a cup of coffee.
After all, he “had a feeling” he would win the jackpot after purchasing it from the 7-Eleven convenience store on Ridge Road in Port Richey, about 40 miles northwest of Tampa. At least that’s what he told officials.
Missler first bought a scratcher ticket that netted him $5, which he decided to use to buy five Mega Millions Quick Pick tickets.
The fourth ticket, with numbers 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and Mega Ball 10, had the winning combination. The 7-Eleven store will get a nice $100,000 bonus commission for selling the ticket.
His still-public Facebook page shows a post that reads “Oh. My. God.” after he found out he had the winning ticket. The page also indicates that he’s from Topsham, Maine. Of course, it’s also been inundated with comments from people requesting money.
His Twitter account, @TheShaneMissler, makes it known that he’s a big fan of World Wrestling Entertainment and the New England Patriots.