$451M Mega Millions jackpot victor is a 20-year-old from Florida

20-year-old in Florida claims $596m jackpot

A 20-year-old man from Florida's Gulf Coast claimed a $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot and opted to receive a one-time payment of almost $282m, Florida lottery officials said on Friday.

It's been a wild few days for Florida resident Shane Missler - he found out he won the fourth biggest prize in Mega Millions history, quit his job and now he's recieved an invite to hang with his idol, Harley Morenstein, the host/co-creator of the insanely popular YouTube cooking show, Epic Meal Time. He managed to scoop up the windfall by taking $5 in scratch-off lottery ticket winnings and then purchasing five Mega Millions of Quick Pick tickets, the officials added.

When asked what he plans to do with the money, Missler said, "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".

"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 a statement quoted by the Time.

The $450 million prize marked the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in USA history.

His brother was the first person he called after learning of the extraordinary news, before telling his father the next morning, the Lottery reported.

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Missler, however, won't receive the full amount.

He selected to receive the prize in a single lump-sum payment of nearly $282 million.

Missler has chose to opt for the lump sum of $281 million. Financial advisers typically recommend accepting the lump sum.

Public records show the LLC was established two days ago, on January 10, so it's likely Missler set up the firm to accept his lottery winnings.

"If he went to an attorney, any decent attorney would probably encourage someone who is about to receive that much money to do some estate planning", Adam said.

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