Florida man pockets $281 million for winning Mega Millions jackpot

He worked as a verification specialist at a background screening firm- according to his Facebook

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, who resided in Port Richey, was the single victor in the January 5.

Minutes after the winning numbers were announced, Missler celebrated with a brief Facebook message. "Oh. My".

The larger jackpot figure, the fourth largest in the game's history, would be the estimated value had Missler chosen to take payments over time.

The jackpot-winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, located at 7131 Ridge Road in Port Richey.

Now that the lucky victor will be receiving his lump payment of $281.2 million he'll have his run at anything with four-wheels - and also most things with wings.


"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", Missler said in a statement given to the Times by his father and his lawyer. Lottery officials said the money will be paid to a trust, set up with Missler as the managing member.

The winning numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70, and the Mega Ball was 10.

"I feel so fortunate to have this incredible wealth and team behind me", the statement continued.

With his new source of income, he "retired" from his job at a background screening company. "I look forward to the future". The jackpot is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history, and Missler is the sole victor.

The victor of the $560 million Powerball ticket in New Hampshire has not yet come forward.

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