In the Florida Lottery's press release, Missler said he wasn't surprised that he won. He elected to take a lump sum payout of $281.2 million, officials said.
When asked what his plans were for his newfound wealth, he told the Florida Lottery that he planned on buying a house in Tampa and "pursuing a variety of passions".
Mr Shane Missler, of Port Richey, had a ticket with the five winning numbers and a "Mega Ball" number drawn on Jan 5.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Missler bought the winning lotto ticket at a local 7-Eleven store in Pasco County, Florida, money he had previously won from a scratch-off lottery ticket. 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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With his new source of income, he "retired" from his job at a background screening company.
Nevertheless, he took to Facebook to express his feelings over the win with three simple words.
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"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 the statement. "I left, I was leaving the building, and I looked back - there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio". The Florida Lottery announced that the winning ticket was purchased in Port Richey and entitled the owner to the fourth largest prize in the lottery's history - $451m (£328.5m). In 2013, an 84-year-old woman was the sole victor of a $590.5 million Powerball drawing then the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.