This 20-Year-Old Just Claimed the $451 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

Meet Shane Missler, the insanely lucky 20-year-old who became a multi-millionaire over night.

On Friday, the Florida resident came forward to claim the $451 million jackpot from the Jan. 5 drawing, making him the sole winner of the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions’ history. The Tampa Bay Times reports Missler declined the annual installment option and chose to take his winnings in a lump sum payout of $281.2 million. So, what will he do with his newly acquired wealth? It sounds like he’ll do the responsible thing.

“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, according to lottery officials.


Apparently Missler had “a feeling” he would win big after he purchased five Quick Pick tickets at a 7-Eleven, using the winnings from a scratch ticket. When he realized one of the tickets had the winning numbers—8, 30, 39, 59, 70 and the Mega Ball, 10—he called up his brother and set up a coffee date with his attorney father for the following day. He then decided to set up a trust, with him 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,” Missler said in his statement. “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.”

Sounds like he’s taking a very sensible approach. Can’t say I’d do the same if I was a in his position at 20.

The news comes about one week after someone bought the winning $560 million Powerball ticket in New Hampshire. At this time, however, the identity of that lucky winner has not been revealed.

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Despite Court Ruling, Tyga’s Music Company Has Not Paid an Injured Concertgoer

Tyga’s music company, just like its proprietor, seems to have trouble coughing up the money it owes.

In 2015, a woman named Shyanne Riekena filed a lawsuit against Tyga Music, LLC after a light stand fell and hit her on the head during the rapper’s concert. TMZ reports she sued the company for six figures after she suffered permanent scarring and head trauma. A Michigan judge ruled in Riekena’s favor in 2016, awarding her $235,000; however, as April of 2017, the woman claims Tyga’s music company has not paid up.

Riekena’s lawyer recently filed court documents asking a judge to demand the company to pay what it owes. The woman’s attorney told TMZ this marked the third time he’s tried to collect money from the rapper’s music company, and that his client is now seeking $248,553 due to interest.

Riekena’s lawyer did not immediately respond to Complex’s request for comment.

Tyga is no stranger to hefty lawsuits, most of which stem from non-payment. From insane jewelry debt to unpaid rent to missed car lease payments, the rapper has a relatively long line of people who claim he has stiffed them. You’d think Tyga would’ve learned his lesson by now and paid the money he owes before he gets slapped with another lawsuit. 

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