Florida man pockets $281 million for winning Mega Millions jackpot

Florida man pockets $281 million for winning Mega Millions jackpot

Florida man pockets $281 million for winning Mega Millions jackpot

The victor of last week's huge mega millions jackpot has come forward.

A 20-year-old Florida man has come forward to claim last week's $451 million Mega Millions jackpot.

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. And the person holding the ticket is a 20-year-old kid from Florida.

"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", said Missler.

In fact, Missler informed officials that after purchasing the ticket at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Ridge Road in Port Richey, about 40 miles northwest of Tampa, he had "a feeling" he would win the jackpot.

His lawyer said his client had "retired" from his job at a company that carried out employment background checks.

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He redeemed the ticket with his father and attorney.

Shane said he wasn't really surprised that he had won.

"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", Missler said in his statement to the Times.

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

"The Florida Lottery is proud to congratulate our second MEGA MILLIONS jackpot victor", said Secretary Jim Poppell. "I look forward to the future". Most states also charge taxes, but Florida does not. The next MEGA MILLIONS drawing will be held tonight, January 12, at 11:00 p.m. ET with an estimated $45 million jackpot.

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