The winner of the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot in Florida is a mystery no more. The winning ticket was sold last week, Friday, January 5, at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey, Florida.
The following Friday, January 12, the winner came forward, identified as a very excited 20-year-old, Shane Missler, of Port Richey.
“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,” he reportedly said.
Missler has chosen to accept his winnings in one lump sum, instead of the optional 30-year-annuity, which means his total winnings will be reduced to $281,874,999.
The lump-sum option is typically recommended by financial advisers, who say if the money is wisely invested, it can result in an even much higher total over the next thirty years.
Before coming forward to claim his prize, Missler had reportedly set up an LLC, which is considered a wise move to protect him financially.
WFLA News Channel 8 reported that Missler has already “retired” from his job.
Missler posted on Twitter:
“Again, thank you all for tuning in. This journey has only just begun, mark my words. Unfortunately many fake accounts have already circulated. My only active and real accounts are Instagram and Twitter both @TheShaneMissler 🙏🏻 💯 #GratefulBeyondWords”
On the night he purchased the winning ticket, Missler posted on his personal Facebook page, “Oh. My. God.”
At the time, no one knew what the post meant.
— Florida Lottery (@floridalottery) January 6, 2018
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) January 13, 2018
The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!
— Shane Missler (@TheShaneMissler) January 11, 2018
Thank you everyone for the positive thoughts 🙏🏻 This is only the beginning. I am truly grateful and most appreciative. pic.twitter.com/mtzYUCQ5mQ
— Shane Missler (@TheShaneMissler) January 12, 2018
Again, thank you all for tuning in. This journey has only just begun, mark my words. Unfortunately many fake accounts have already circulated. My only active and real accounts are Instagram and Twitter both @TheShaneMissler 🙏🏻 💯 #GratefulBeyondWords
— Shane Missler (@TheShaneMissler) January 13, 2018
A tweet from someone who appeared to have known Missler in high school:
That moment when an athlete you covered in high school three years ago is a $450M lottery winner.
— Kal Oakes (@oaksie72) January 12, 2018
Some reactions on Twitter are comical:
A 20-year-old from Florida won the $450 million Mega Millions lottery BUT I can buy alcohol, so who’s the real winner here?
— Aaron Polevoi (@aaronpolevoi) January 12, 2018