The sensible people in the world know better than to invest too heavily in the lottery, but at the end of the day, somebody still has to win. Shane Missler proves this; he just won the $450 MILLION Mega Millions prize!
Missler was the single winner of the jackpot from a January 5th drawing. Missler seems to have some specific luck when it comes to these things; he bought the lucky ticket using $10 he won with a scratch-off ticket!
The win is the fourth largest jackpot in the 21-year history of the Mega Millions, also the second largest jackpot won by a single ticket. In fact, the historic win came out just one day before a record $559 million Powerball drawing, whose winner has not come forward yet.
Who is Shane Missler?
A New England native of Maine, Missler is a 20-year-old living in Port Richey, Florida. Before his big win, he was a Verifications Specialist at Universal Background Screening, Inc. and previously attended college in Massachusetts. He reportedly quit his job thanks to his winnings.
As mentioned, Missler bought the lucky ticket using the money he just won from a scratch-off ticket at a 7-Eleven store in Pasco County, Florida. The winning quick-pick Mega Millions ticket was actually one of five.
Missler originally announced his good fortune to the world on Facebook, with a post simply reading, “Oh. My. God.” On Daily Mail, he gave a statement explaining just how he intends to spend his winnings:
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Reportedly, he will take a lump sum payout of $281.2 million.
He is an avid New England Patriots and Boston Celtics fan, with one of his favorite players being Tom Brady. Methinks Brady should try to make friends with the new millionaire; there’s a lot of presents in waiting.