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Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold At Port Richey 7-Eleven

Lottery officials say the sole winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven on Ridge Road near Regency Park Boulevard.

By Don Johnson , Patch Staff
Jan 6, 2018 8:17 a m ET | Updated Jan 8, 2018 11:09 a m ET

PORT RICHEY, FL – The only Mega Millions ticket to match all six winning numbers was sold in Port Richey, Florida, lottery officials said Saturday. The person who bought the ticket will now claim a $450 million grand prize. The winning numbers were 28-30-39-59-70 with Mega Ball 10.

Lottery officials say the winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven on Ridge Road near Regency Park Boulevard.

“Congratulations to Florida on their big jackpot win,” Mega Millions Lead Director Gordon Medenica said in a statement. “This has been an exciting run for Mega Millions players and a great way to start off the new year! But it’s not over yet. We’re looking forward to Saturday’s $570 million Powerball jackpot. Good luck, everyone!”

The Associated Press reports that odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million, and Powerball odds are one in 292.2 million.

The $450 million jackpot was the fourth largest in the game’s history. The jackpot has been rolling since October, when the last jackpot of $42 million was won by players in Michigan and Rhode Island, according to Mega Millions.

The biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $656 million split by three tickets in three states in 2012, according to game officials.

The Florida Mega Millions jackpot winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. However, to elect the one-time, lump-sum cash payment option (in the amount of $281.2 million,) the claim must be filed within 60 days after the winning draw date.

The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

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Shane Missler, of Port Richey, won a stunning $451 million jackpot, which he chose to receive in a lump-sum payment of $281,874,999, 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.

Missler, who will turn 21 in May, bought his triumphant Quick Pick ticket at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey with money he’d won from a scratch-off lottery ticket, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!” he tweeted Friday.

Missler claimed he wasn’t shocked by his big win — as he had “a feeling” he just might hit the jackpot, lottery officials said.

But he still expressed his disbelief in a Facebook post minutes after the Jan. 5 drawing.

“Oh. My. God.,” he wrote at 11:33 p.m.

His winning combination was 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and Mega Ball, 10.

Missler shared news of his newfound fortune with his brother first, then spilled the beans to his dad over coffee the next morning, lottery officials said.

The Maine native quickly “retired” from his job at a background screening company, and plans to move away from the Tampa Bay area.

“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,” Missler said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.

“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 flashed a big smile as he turned in his winning lottery ticket on Friday afternoon with his dad and a lawyer. The lump sum will be paid to a trust — called “Secret 007, LLC” — that Missler manages.

Even before his big win, Missler’s Twitter feed was filled with inspirational messages, like “No more talk, only action” and “Do or do not, there is no try.”

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