Shane Missler is the lucky 20 year-old from Port Richey, a suburb of Tampa whom won the whopping $451 million Mega Millions prize in Florida after participating in a Lottery game that has make gambling credibly fortune-ly nice since on Friday.
Shane is said to have since retired from his job at a local background screening company according to news report ever since fame hit him as the most lucky young man in 10 decades of gamblers who never give up trying in their hustle.
The winning numbers, drawn last Friday night, were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and 10. Missler bought the quick-pick ticket at a 7-Eleven in town last week; the retailer received a $100,000 bonus, the Florida Lottery said.
But it was Missler who went home with the big haul, which was the fourth-biggest in the multistate lottery’s 15-year history. According to the Lottery, Missler elected to receive his payment as a one-time lump sum, which amounted to just over $280 million. That’s about the net worth of Taylor Swift, according to a Forbes article from 2017, but a touch under Judge Judy’s.
“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 mind-set and stay true to themselves get rewarded,” Missler said, in a statement quoted by the Times. “I look forward to the future.”
Missler had turned his winning ticket in on Friday, “grinning widely.”
Missler had told the Lottery that he had “a feeling” that he might win. His brother was the first person he called after learning of the extraordinary news, before telling his father the next morning, the Florida Lottery reported.
The money will be paid to a trust run by Missler which he planned to help his family, have some fun along the way, and make sure his financial success extended far into 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,” Missler disclosed in an official statement.
All lottery winnings are subject to a 25 percent federal tax withholding, The Washington Post’s Jonnelle Marte writes. Most states also charge taxes, but Florida does not.
This win comes just a few years after another Florida winner split a sizable haul with a winner from Maryland. Winners from the two states won the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2014.
The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million.