20-Year-Old Florida Man Claims $450 Million Mega Millions Jackpot


A 20-year-old Florida man was announced as the victor of the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday.

In Mega Millions, players pick five numbers between one and 70, along with an additional number between one and 25. He elected to take a lump sum payout of $281.2 million, officials said. Missler, who is from New England, is a Boston Celtics and New England Patriots fan.

According to his Facebook profile, he's from Topsham, Maine, and worked at Best Buy.

Mr Missler said he had a feeling he could win on the night of the Mega Millions draw, says a press release.

Missler purchased the winning ticket on January 5 from a 7-Eleven convenience store located in Pasco County.

Shane Missler, a former background screening worker from Port Richey, Florida, picked the winning six-number combination for the record haul.

"If there is one think 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", he said in another statement, according to TampaBay Times.

CBS affiliate WINK reports Missler called his brother right after he realized he won the jackpot.

The 7-Eleven, located at 7131 Ridge Road in Port Richey, Florida. That same weekend, the Powerball jackpot had ballooned to more than $570 million, and there was a sole victor for that jackpot with a ticket bought in New Hampshire.

He told 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".

Mega Millions is now played in 44 states across the country, including Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history, and Missler is the sole victor.