20-year-old Florida man claims $451M Mega Millions jackpot

By Todd Northrop

He’s not old enough to drink but he’s $451 million richer.

A 20-year-old Florida man has come forward with the lone winning $451 million Mega Millions jackpot ticket from the January 5th drawing.

Shane Missler, who bought the winning Mega Millions ticket from a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, chose to claim a one-time, lump sum payment of $281.9 million.

“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 in a news release from the Florida Lottery on Friday.

Missler said he wasn’t surprised that he had won and that he had “a feeling” that he might.

When he realized he had won, he called his brother first.

On his Facebook page on Jan. 5, the evening of the drawing, Missler had also shared a brief post, “Oh. My. God.”

He shared the news with his father over coffee the following day.

Missler will actually pocket $281,874,999.00 after taking the lump-sum payment for his winning ticket, according to the Florida Lottery.

The ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 7131 Ridge Rd. in Port Richey, which is is northwest of Tampa in Pasco County.

The winning numbers were: 28, 30, 39, 59, and 70, with Mega Ball number 10.

The $451 million jackpot started building from a $15 million starting point on Oct. 17, 2017. It took 23 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner to accumulate the massive jackpot.

Missler’s winnings are the 6th-largest jackpot ever by a single lottery ticket.

Under a rules change that took effect on Oct. 31, Mega Millions now starts at a $40 million jackpot, and the jackpot grows a minimum of $5 million for each drawing that does not have a winner. The upcoming drawing on Friday night features a $45 million grand prize.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.

The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.

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