Meet the 20-year-old Florida man who announced he won the $450 million Mega Millions lottery on Facebook and credits ‘a positive mindset’
A 20-year-old Florida man became an instant multi-millionaire last Friday upon discovering he won the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot.
“Oh. My. God.” Shane Missler wrote on his Facebook page January 5, mere hours after the Mega Millions draw. He reportedly broke the news to his dad over a cup of coffee the next morning.
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.
Missler — who is originally from Maine and a proud fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics, according to his social media accounts — will take the lump sum of $281,874,999, according to a statement from his lawyer.
“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,” Missler said.
The money will be paid to a trust called “Secret 007, LLC” and Missler will be the managing member, according to lottery officials in Florida.
“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.
Missler quit his job at a local background screening company shortly after the win. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history, and Missler is the sole winner. He credits his good fortune to positive thinking.
“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,” he said. “I look forward to the future.”
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CHA-CHING: A 20-Year-Old Just Won $450 Million in the Lottery!
Sometimes someone wins.
A 20-year-old in Florida just won $450 million jackpot. Hoo boy!
According to the Florida Lottery, Shane Missler, of Port Richey, Florida, won the January 5 Mega Millions $450 million jackpot, taking home a one-time lump sum of $281,874,999.
The winning numbers of 28, 30, 39, 59, and 70, as well as the Mega Ball number, 10, to become the sole winner.
When asked what he plans to do with the money, Missler 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.” A believer in the power of a positive mindset, Shane wasn’t really surprised that he had won. He said he just had “a feeling” that he might. After realizing he had won, the first call he made was to his brother. Then, he shared the news with his father over coffee the next morning.
Although fake social media profiles for the new multi-millionaire are popping up, Missler has been keeping friends and family members abreast of his journey on his Facebook page:
Congrats! Also, can I have a car!? JK, don’t spend that money, Missler! Get an accountant and a lawyer and avoid the curse of the lottery at all costs!A 20-Year-Old Just Won $450 Million Dollars in the Lottery ]]>