Um, buckle up, because this is a lot to process. A 20-year-old dude from Florida just won a $450 million jackpot, which, according to ABC, is the “fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions lottery history.” Let us repeat. 450 MILLION. 20-YEARS-OLD.
Okay, sorry. We’re done (for now).
Shane Missler of Port Richey, FL was the only winner of the January 5th jackpot (there are often multiple winners, and the money is divided evenly among them). He also apparently elected to take the lump sum payout of $281.2 million over annual payouts. Our quick internet research tells us that lottery winners typically have the option of accepting a smaller amount of money upfront, or receiving all of it over a number of years, both of which have their pros and cons.
And as utterly envious as we may be of the newly-minted young millionaire, it seems he has a good head on his shoulders.
Seems pretty legit…we can’t be that mad about this one. Oh, and Missler apparently quit his job this week. Le sigh.