The Florida Lottery announced Friday that Shane Missler, 20, of Port Richey, claimed the jackpot and chose to receive the one-time lump-sum payment of more than $281 million. He reportedly broke the news to his dad over a cup of coffee the next morning.
On his Facebook page on January 5, the evening of the drawing, Missler had also shared a brief post, "Oh. My".
Moments after the announcement, Missler's Facebook page was quickly filled with congratulations.
Missler plans on pursuing a "variety of passions", according to the Florida lottery, as well as helping others. He said he had "a feeling" that he might.
The ticket was bought at the 7-11 Eleven at 7131 Ridge Rd.in Port Richey, which is is northwest of Tampa in Pasco County.
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Mr Missler presented his winning ticket at the state lottery headquarters in Tallahassee on Friday, accompanied by his father and a lawyer.
According to the Florida Lottery, Missler's winnings are the second largest jackpot ever by a single ticket.
"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". The largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time was $656 million in March 2012.
He told the Tampa Bay Times: "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 20-year old has not spoken publicly but did release a statement through his lawyers. The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.