Shane Missler is getting a lot of advice these days.

“Shut down your Facebook!” advises one friend.

“Get a priest, lawyers, financial advisers,” insists another.

Why all this fuss over a 20-year-old former Maine man now living in Port Richey, Florida?

Missler won the Mega Millions lottery, that’s why. And he won it big: $450 million big.

The former athlete at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay found out Thursday that he had won the jackpot. Once the shock wore off, he took to social media to let his friends and family know that he was now a millionaire.

“Oh. My. God,” he wrote on Facebook.

A day later, Missler went to Florida lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. He left with a lump-sum payment of $281,874,999.

“Although I’m young,” Missler said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, “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.”


Missler spent most of his life in Topsham and Livermore Falls. At Spruce Mountain, he played soccer and baseball before graduating in 2015 and going off to study business management. After moving to Florida, Missler went to work at a country club, at Best Buy and with a company that specializes in background screenings.

His many friends this week offered a lot of advice, but they also seemed genuinely happy for Missler, a millionaire not even old enough to buy liquor in celebration.

“Glad to see a Mainer win big!” wrote William Pratt, formerly of Lewiston, now living in