Congratulations to $5,000,000 lottery winner Larry Rogers of Florida who contacted us.
Congratulations to $450,000,000 lottery winner Shane Missler of Florida
State lottery officials said Friday that Shane Missler of Port Richey, a Tampa suburb, came forward to claim the $450 million Mega Millions January 5, 2018 drawing grand prize.
Like most winners, Missler chose to accept his winnings in a lump sum. That meant his prize totaled $281,874,999. Financial advisers typically recommend accepting the lump sum.
Missler accepted his prize money through an LLC that was established by LotteryLawyers.
" Any decent attorney would probably encourage someone who is about to receive that much money to do some estate planning ", says Florida financial adviser.
Lottery Lawyer Steve Cambareri and Robert Miles
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - 8/29/2013
A central New York maintenance worker duped out of a winning $5 million scratch-off ticket will get his money next month, seven years after being scammed out of the jackpot, state lottery officials said Thursday.
The Gaming Commission has verified that the ticket belongs to Robert Miles of Syracuse, officials at the agency said. He's expected to receive his jackpot within the next couple of weeks.
Miles bought the ticket bought in October 2006 at a Syracuse convenience
store owned by Nayef Ashkar. Ashkar's two sons, Andy and Nayel, convinced Miles the ticket only was worth $5,000 and paid him $4,000 for it, authorities said. The brothers waited until 2012 to claim the jackpot, prompting an investigation by lottery officials.
Their father pleaded guilty this month to filing a false instrument,
admitting he lied in a state lottery affidavit.
Miles came forward last year after lottery officials announced that the
Ashkar brothers had the winning ticket. During the siblings' trial, Miles
testified that he was addicted to crack cocaine when he bought the ticket and was confused by what had happened to him when the Ashkars took it. In 2008, Miles filed for bankruptcy.
Miles, who works at a Syracuse apartment complex, couldn't be reached for comment. His lawyer told The Post-Standard of Syracuse that Miles was given the news this week and was "elated the lottery prize has finally been awarded to him."
The winning ticket for the $5,000,000 Extravaganza scratch-off game
originally would have been paid out as a $250,000 annuity over 20 years, Gaming Commission officials said. But because of a change implemented by the lottery this year, Miles will have the option of selecting a lump-sum payment of $3,210,000 that would yield $2,124,378 after taxes.