Let's face it, while there are actual ways for people to become a millionaire — like starting a business or being smart with their investments — the quickest, but not easiest way, is to play the lottery. And, based off of stats, the amount of money people spend on lottery tickets in hopes of winning the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot is insane, with billions of dollars being lost each and every year because people don't have a whole lot of luck.
Well, want to know who did have a lot of luck? More so, want to know who won Mega Millions this week, which had a jackpot of an insane $451 million, which was the 4th-largest ever? How about some 20-year-old guy named Shane Missler of Port Richey, FL, who walks away being a millionaire because he spent a couple bucks on lottery tickets.
And, when we say a couple bucks, we really mean it. That's because Shane Missler spent just $10 to purchase five Mega Millions tickets, presumably, thinking that he had next-to-no-chance at walking away with the $451 millions — until the winning numbers were called. With Missler taking the lump sum option, he'll now have $281.2 million at his disposal. Guys, that's just insane. Oh, and a quick reminder, the kid isn't even old enough to legally drink yet.
In the most millennial way of reacting to his big win, Missler took to Facebook to post his reaction. And, yeah, it's about as simple as one might think it would be.
So what's the new millionaire going to do with all that money of his? In a statement, he said he wants to help humanity, per CBS News. He also mentioned that he just had a feeling he'd win, which, c'mon kid, don't we all have that feeling when $451 million is on the line? Needless to say, his attorney did set up a private limited company called "Secret 007, LLC," so maybe he did have a strong inkling.
"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," he said in a statement.
"A believer in the power of a positive mindset, Shane wasn't really surprised that he had won," the Florida Lottery said. "He said he just had 'a feeling' that he might."
Purchasing the ticket at a 7-Eleven in Pasco County, the convenient store will be paid a cool $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. So, even if the new Mega Millions winner falls through on his promise of helping humanity, he's at least given free money to some people who can put it to good use. Here's to your life never being the same, kid, kudos!
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