A 20-year old Florida man has come forward as the winner of the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Shane Missler, of Port Richey, Fl. has claimed his winnings from the multistate game's Jan. 5 drawing.
He chose to receive the one-time, lump-sum payment of $281,874,999; instead of the annual installments.
"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 said in a statement.
The winning numbers were 28-30-39-59-70 with a Mega Ball of 10.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Missler was grinning widely and clutching a yellow envelope when he turned in his ticket Friday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. His father and his lawyer came with him. They released a statement on his behalf.
"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," Missler said in the statement. "I look forward to the future."
The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!— Shane Missler (@TheShaneMissler) January 11, 2018
Lottery officials said the money will be paid to a trust, set up with Missler as the managing member, called "Secret 007, LLC."
"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," said Missler, who also told the Times that he plans to move out of Port Richey. "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."
The winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey. The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.