23-year-old claims $235M jackpot, becomes youngest Powerball winner in Florida history

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Lottery balls are seen in a box at Kavanagh Liquors on January 13, 2016 in San Lorenzo, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJW) — A 23-year-old man has become the youngest person to win the Powerball in Florida.

According to the Florida Lottery, Thomas Yi won a $235.4 million jackpot in a Powerball drawing held last month.

“Even after matching all six numbers, I was in disbelief and took my ticket to a retailer to have it checked,” Yi said in a press release. “The clerk at the counter instantly became excited and kept repeating that I had won the $235 million Powerball jackpot. I knew then that this would be life-changing.”

Yi chose to accept his winnings as a lump-sum of $160,038,447.27, the Florida Lottery reports.

The agency says Yi plans to pursue higher education in either a business or medical field. He is youngest player in Florida Lottery history to claim a Powerball jackpot prize.

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