A 20-year-old resident of Port Richey, Florida, has come forward to claim the $451 million jackpot from a Mega Millions drawing on January 5, 2018.
Shane Missler, a verification specialist at a background screening company, is the lucky winner of the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history. The new millionaire elected to receive a lump sum payout of $281.2 million.
Shane told lottery officials he had “a feeling” he’d win. And when he did, he simply called his brother to share the news and met with his father the next day for a cup of coffee. Online, the only indication of his new fortune was a Facebook status from the day of the drawing. It read: “Oh. My. God.”
The winning ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven, which will earn a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the golden ticket.
According to officials, Shane hopes to use his earnings to help others, including family members and those in need.
“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,” Shane said.
Here’s to hoping that he does! With such an incredible amount of money also comes an incredible amount of responsibility.