$450M Mega Millions Winner Is Just 20 Years Old

Florida's Shane Missler credits 'positive thinking' for his big win
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2018 4:59 PM CST
US' Newest Multi-Millionaire Is 20-Year-Old in Florida
In this Friday, July 7, 2017 photo, a lottery agent's monitor announces the return of the Mega Millions lottery game at a store in downtown Chicago.   (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

America's newest multi-millionaire is just 20 years old and credits "the power of positive thinking." Florida's Shane Missler was announced Friday as the winner of last week's $450 million Mega Millions jackpot—the 10th largest lottery jackpot in US history, the AP reports. And while he didn't come forward until Friday, it's pretty clear he knew what had happened much earlier, according to WFLA. Just after the Jan. 5 drawing, Missler posted this message on Facebook: "Oh. My. God." The Florida Lottery reports Missler "wasn't really surprised" he won because he had "a feeling" that he would. "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," the Tampa Bay Times quotes Missler as saying in a statement released by his lawyer.

Missler has elected to take a $281,874,999 one-time payment instead of annual installments, which would have netted him more in the long run. "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 says. He's started by putting his winnings into a trust called "Secret 007, LLC" and "retiring" from his job. Missler says he plans to move away from the Tampa Bay area. "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," he says. Missler bought the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey with the money he won from a scratch-off ticket. (More Mega Millions stories.)

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