More often than not, when we read about huge lottery wins, it’s a couple, or a family, or maybe someone a little bit older who scoops an enormous jackpot. But occasionally a curveball gets thrown in. Here’s the story of the 20 year old who just scooped an incredible lottery win and is now richer than most people could ever dream of being. His story is very moving indeed and might inspire you to start playing the lottery yourself.
Shane Missler’s Story
On January 5th, 2018 Shane Missler was the only winner of a huge $450 million Mega Millions jackpot draw that was drawn on the same evening. He decided to opt out of the anonymity clause and let everyone know who he was and just exactly how much money he’d won.
Missler has opted for the one off lump sum payment and so after taxes the lucky lad, who is just 20 years old, and hails from Port Richey will take home roughly $211.4 million. As always, the option is given for any winner to take the money in a one off, or have it paid in instalments every single year. Most people opt for the former, then they can get on with their lives again!
Made a Press Statement
On finding out about the win and opting to make himself known to the public, he made a statement via his team of lawyers to the press and for general release in the media: “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.”
Missler has wisely set up a trust fund for the cash and the money will be paid into that. It’s already been given a set up name: “Secret 007, LLC,” lottery officials told the Associated Press at the time Missler spoke to them.
Missler further commented that: “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.” he’s also decided to move from his hometown of Port Richey, though has not, at this time, decided where he’ll go.
Missler bought five quick pick tickets for the draw at a local 7-Eleven store near to his home. The winning numbers for the draw were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and the Mega Ball number of 10. The 7-Eleven store will receive a $100,000 prize for selling the winning ticket!
Social Media Update Frenzy
At 11:33 on Friday night just minutes after the draw was made and the results known, Missler went onto Facebook and simply updated his status with three words “Oh. My. God”.
His win is the fourth largest jackpot in the twenty one year history of the Mega Millions and it’s believed to be the second largest jackpot that has ever been won by a single ticket.
Missler’s win happened the day before there was also a record breaking $559 million Powerball draw and it’s believed that the sole winning ticket for this was sold in New Hampshire. At the time of writing, no-one has yet come forward to claim the prize as theirs.
Before Missler Won
Prior to his win, Missler was listed as a ‘Verifications Specialist’ at Universal Background Screening, Inc. on his Facebook profile. When he’d graduated from high school, he took one semester of college in Massachusetts. He then left and went on to find work at a local Best Buy store to help make ends meet.
He took on his most recent job after moving out to Florida in February 2017, just prior to the huge win, but has obviously decided to hand in his notice and make the most of the money he has won now.
Missler is no stranger to having to scrimp and save. His proudest claim is that prior to his lottery win, he’s managed to pay for a used 2004 Subaru car after saving all the money needed to buy it outright from a dealership. It shows just how savvy and careful the young man is, and is hopefully a sign of how he’ll handle the biggest win of his life as time progresses. He said “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,’ he said. ‘I look forward to the future”
The win is tinged with sadness as although his father, a Navy veteran, lives in Port Richey, which is by Tampa is still around, he lost his mother some time ago and has had to learn to live and adapt to life without one parent around.
Missler is also an avid New England Patriots and Boston Celtics fan and is a fan of Tom Brady too. Hopefully with the win, he’ll be able to afford to go and see as many games as he wants – without worrying!
How Unlikely Was His Win?
We’re all familiar with the odds of winning (or not winning) the lottery – but Missler’s win was particularly huge and striking. Official figures say the chance of winning such a huge amount of money on the lottery are around 303 million to one!
When he won, Missler beat the odds of these highly unlikely statistical events:
- There’s a 250 million in 1 chance of being killed by a falling coconut.
- There’s a 112 million to one chance of being crushed to death by a vending machine.
- There’s a 15 million to 1 chance of giving birth to identical quadruplets.
- There’s a 10 million to 1 chance of being struck by lightning and killed.
- Finally, there’s a 700,000 to 1 chance of being crushed to death by a meteor.