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Mega Millions Jackpot Winner: 20-Year-Old Takes $281M Lump Sum

Mega Millions Jackpot Winner: 20-Year-Old Takes $281M Lump Sum

Shane Missler, 20, won the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 12 January 2018 04:34 PM

The winner of last week's $450 million Mega Millions jackpot is a 20-year-old man from Port Richey, Florida, who spent $10 on five lottery tickets.

Shane Missler turned in the winning ticket Friday afternoon at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee for the fourth-largest prize in Mega Millions history, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He elected to take the lump sum option of $281,874,999, and has already had his lawyer set up a trust for him to manage.

“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. I look forward to the future,” Missler said in a statement released by his lawyer.

Missler said he had a “feeling” that he had won after he bought five quick pick tickets with the winnings from a scratch-off ticket purchased earlier, the Times reported.

“I’m only 20, but I hope to use [the money] to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity,” Missler said, ABC News reported.

The 7-Eleven that sold the winning ticket will get a $100,000 commission.

The winner of the $560 million Powerball ticket in New Hampshire has not yet come forward. The ticket was confirmed by lottery officials to have been sold in Merrimack, about 5 miles south of Concord. That store, Reeds Ferry Market, will get a $75,000 commission. 

Some on Twitter were already asking for Missler’s money, while others just hoped he would use it wisely. 

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