$622m lot­tery winner to use prize for good of hu­man­ity

The Timaru Herald - - WORLD -

UNITED STATES: A 20-year-old from Florida who won US$451 mil­lion (NZ$622m) on the lot­tery has re­vealed he wants to use his win­nings to do ‘‘good for hu­man­ity’’ af­ter quit­ting his job.

Shane Missler re­vealed his stag­ger­ing win in a Face­book sta­tus up­date posted half an hour af­ter the draw on Jan­uary 5, writ­ing: ‘‘Oh. My. God.’’ He im­me­di­ately ‘‘re­tired’’ from his job at a back­ground screen­ing com­pany, his lawyer con­firmed, hav­ing won the fourth-largest Mega Mil­lions jack­pot in his­tory

The overnight mul­ti­mil­lion­aire, whose wealth now matches that of pop star Tay­lor Swift, said of his spend­ing plans: ‘‘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 pur­chased the lucky ticket from a 7-Eleven newsagent in Port Richey, where his par­ents live, with the win­nings from a scratch­card. Missler added he just had ‘‘a feel­ing’’ he might win and cred­ited the power of pos­i­tive think­ing for the out­come.

‘‘If there is one thing I have learned thus far in my short time on Earth it is that those who main- tain a pos­i­tive mind­set and stay true to them­selves get re­warded,’’ he said. ‘‘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 Amer­i­can added that he has al­ready taken a crash course in fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and feels ‘‘for­tu­nate to have this incredible wealth’’.

He opted to re­ceive his win­nings in a one-time, lump­sum pay­ment of US$281 mil­lion, in­stead of a larger amount over a longer pe­riod. He posted a day later: ‘‘This is only the be­gin­ning. I am truly grate­ful and most ap­pre­cia­tive.’’

Played in 44 US states, the record Mega Mil­lions jack­pot stands at US$656 mil­lion, won in March 2012.

All lot­tery win­nings are sub­ject to a 25 per cent fed­eral tax with­hold­ing. Most states also charge taxes, but Florida does not.

This win comes just a few years af­ter an­other Florida winner split a size­able haul with a winner from Mary­land.

Win­ners from the two states won the US$414 mil­lion Mega Mil­lions jack­pot in 2014.

- Tele­graph Group

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