If you have been playing the lottery for quite a number of years with the hope of winning vast riches a lottery win could provide – you don’t want to carry on reading this article.
While most of us spend our lives buying lottery tickets online or at the local store week in and week out, the jackpot always just seems a few numbers out of reach. But, we know that it’s all a matter of luck, so we carry on in the hope that we eventually will bag a big win.
But, what about youngsters that nonchalantly buy a lottery ticket (maybe for the first time) and win the jackpot?
Well, it’s happened again.
Remember the huge Mega Millions draw last Friday? Yep, the $450 million one? Well, an extremely lucky 20-year-old from Port Richey bought a scratch off ticket, won.
He then took the scratch off winnings and bought a simple Quick pick Mega Millions lottery ticket.
BOOM! He the jackpot! The whole R450 million!
In style too, as it was a single ticket that bagged the whole lot.
Just like any youngster – the Shane Missler took to Facebook just minutes after the Mega Millions live draw updated his status to: “Oh. My. God.”
Looking through his Facebook profile we can’t help but think that the mega prize has gone to a really decent lad.
Despite the massive odds against everyone who bought a lottery ticket, he said that he had “feeling” on the night of the draw that he would win. And win he did! The lucky 20-year-old is the fourth largest jackpot winner in the usa lotto games history.
He purchased the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey, using the "Quick Pick" option - meaning that numbers were randomly chosen.
Becoming unfathomably rich after winning a $450 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot last Friday - and said he hopes to 'do good for humanity'.
"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," Shane said in a statement, accompanied by his dad and a lawyer.
"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. 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."
Before scooping the incredibly life-changing Mega Millions jackpot win, Missler worked as a Verifications Specialist at Universal Background Screening, Inc., according to his Facebook account, but he has, since then, quit his job.
The lucky Mega Millions quickpick numbers that have now steered the lads life into a brand new direction for the draw that took place on January, 5 are 28, 30, 39, 59, and 70 with a 'Mega Ball' of 10. The identical match not only made Shane the only winner in the US-wide contest, but the fourth biggest winner in the game's entire history.
Shane like most American lottery jackpot winners, opted to receive a one-time payment of almost $282m (£205 million) instead of the full amount over a longer time period. At those jackpot figures, it really makes no difference – the lucky lad is set for life regardless.
With more than enough money, and time on his hands, Shane now has resources to focus on making the world a better place. I’m sure you are with us in wishing him all the best in his ventures. Make wise decisions Shane!
It’s not the first time that we’ve seen a youngster win the lottery. Unfortunately not all have seemed as decent as our latest Mega Millions winner Shane, however:
Youngest lottery winners:
Jane won the jackpot while playing her first ever lottery ticket. At the time of her £1million EuroMillions win, she was 17. Since bagging the euro lotto win, she has splashed out on cars, holidays, clothes and tons of plastic surgery.
It is all a far cry from her £8-an-hour job as an admin temp and the two-bedroom Edinburgh council flat she shared with her mum Linda before her win. Jane previously remarked that being a millionaire is stressful.
Jane hit the news on numerous occasions due to her lotto fame. On Twitter and Instagram she showed off designer gear including numerous pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, which start at £455. She also treated herself to a £25,000 BMW, a £17,000 VW Beetle and a £18,000 Range Rover in purple.
After winning the lottery she immediately quit her job, booked a two-month holiday in Magaluf, bought a chihuahua and also purchased a plush three-bedroom house and second property. She’s now back in a small flat with her mum after moaning that living alone was “hard work, stressful” because she “couldn’t even make a bed”.
It’s not all doom and gloom for this young lottery winner though, as she enjoys five-star holidays in the Maldives and the US. She's also splashed out £4,500 on a boob job, had lip fillers and Botox.
Callie Rogers became Britain’s youngest lottery winner when she won £1.9million in 2003 at the very young age of just 16. Like Jane, she gave up her £3.60-an-hour checkout job and set about spending her money.
Unfortunately for Callie, winning the lottery has been a blessing and curse.
Since coming into too much money, too soon, she spent £11,500 on two boob jobs, £300,000 on clothes, make-up and tattoos, £85,000 on top-of-the-range sports cars, and a quarter of a million pounds on cocaine.
She spent a further £250,000 on holidays such as Mexico and EuroDisney. She also sent £118,000 on gifts to former boyfriends, £190,000 in un-returned loans to friends and family members, plus £50,500 on solicitors' fees.
But not all the money was frittered away amazingly, as she also bought an £180,000 bungalow and a £76,000 home for her mum.
Callie is now a 29-year-old mother-of-three. She says, “My life revolves around the kids and, if they want something expensive, they wait for birthdays and Christmas.
"I’m glad they’ll grow up knowing the value of money.
“I was too young to win the lottery. It nearly broke me, but thankfully, I’m now stronger than ever.”
Everyone by now knows about Michael Carrol. He was 19 when he scooped £9,736,131 on the National Lottery in November 2002. Unlike Shane who has a good head on his shoulders, Michael was already wearing an electronic tag.
Known as the ‘King of Chavs’ and ‘Lotto Lout’ the part time bin-man at the time of the win, immediately started throwing his money away. At first he bought a £340,000 on a six-bedroom home in Norfolk, but quickly realised that it wasn’t good enough and spent a further £400,000 on a series of upgrades including a swimming pool and a car track in the garden.
He also spent £1million on shares in his beloved Rangers FC and £49,000 on a BMW. What Michael didn’t however spend a penny on was car insurance, or driving lessons, and was banned from driving for six months in 2004.
Just like Callie, Michael also spent an absolute fortune on crack cocaine, booze, gambling and prostitutes.
“I only started to think about three things – drugs, sex and gold,” he said. “The dealer who introduced me to crack has more of my lotto money than I do.”
By February 2010, Michael was declared bankrupt and was claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Unlike Shane, these young lottery winners forgot the good things in life. The very ordinary, very basic and fundamental things that ensure you live a prosperous life for many years to come. What they failed to understand was that some things in life always manage to put a smile on your face.
Things like the smell of freshly baked bread, the feeling of climbing into a newly made bed with brand new sheets and the excitement when you see your pets after a long day at work…
The only thing better than all these little pleasures rolled together is that winning sensation when you see that you’re lucky lottery numbers were drawn. But it’s at that very moment that you need to think wisely.
Experience that feeling tomorrow and buy a lottery ticket today!
Best of luck,
The PlayUSALotteries.com Team