20-year-old wins $451 million Mega Millions jackpot

 20-year-old wins $451 million Mega Millions jackpot
 2018-01-13 01:25 UTC by Associated Press

Shane Missler, of Port Richey, chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $281,874,999.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A 20-year-old Florida man claimed the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, choosing to get $282 million at once instead of more in annual installments.

A Florida Lottery news release said Friday that 20-year-old Shane Missler, of Port Richey, had claimed the jackpot from the multistate game’s Jan. 5 drawing. They say he chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $281,874,999.

North Carolina Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on

North Carolina Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center along Interstate 40 near Burlington, N.C., on July 1, 2016.
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“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.

The winning numbers to claim the nation’s 10th-largest jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70 with a Mega Ball of 10.

The winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey. The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Missler was grinning widely and clutching a yellow envelope when he turned in his ticket Friday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. His father and his lawyer came with him. They released a statement on his behalf.

“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 the statement. “I look forward to the future.”

Lottery officials said the money will be paid to a trust, set up with Missler as the managing member, called “Secret 007, LLC.”

“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,” said Missler, who also told the Times that he

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