Florida 20-year-old claims $451 million Mega Millions jackpot

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – A 20-year-old man from Florida’s Gulf Coast claimed a $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot and opted to receive a one-time payment of nearly $282 million, Florida lottery officials said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO – Lottery balls wait to be dropped prior to the lottery drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot in Atlanta, Georgia December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Shane Missler, of Port Richey, had a ticket with the five winning numbers and a “Mega Ball” number drawn on Jan. 5. The larger jackpot figure would be the estimated value had Missler chosen to take payments over time for the nationwide lottery.

Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Editing by Leslie Adler

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