Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Mega Millions lottery victor identified as 20-year-old kid from Florida

Mega Millions lottery victor identified as 20-year-old kid from Florida

A 20-year-old man in the U.S. has won a Mega Millions lottery grand prize of US$451 million (NZ$626 million), the fourth largest prize in the game's 21-year history.

Shane Missler, of Port Richey, was the lone victor of the January 5 jackpot.

Missler took to Facebook to share his excitement about winning.

The jackpot-winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, located at 7131 Ridge Road in Port Richey.

Shane recently "retired" from his job at a local background screening company and "looks forward to a future of taking care of his family, of educating himself to be a good steward of this fortune and in remaining as grounded as he is".

The victor told Lottery organisers he believed in the power of a positive mindset and that he was not surprised he had won.

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

"If there is one thing I have learned thus far in my short time on this earth is that those who maintain a positive mindset and stay true to themselves get rewarded", he said.

The money will be paid to a trust run by Missler, the Times said.

The 7-Eleven will receive a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket. Missler told the paper that he planned to help his family, have some fun along the way, and make sure his financial success extended far into the future. 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 said he just had "a feeling" that he might.

"The Florida Lottery is proud to congratulate our second MEGA MILLIONS jackpot victor", said Secretary Jim Poppell.

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