A Michigan woman was having some food at McDonald’s when she learned her life was about to change forever.
Julie Leach, 50, said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she looked at the winning ticket of the $310 million Powerball jackpot, but reality would soon set in. She was introduced as the big winner during a press conference held by the Michigan Lottery on Oct. 6, Fox 17 reported.
Leach said she bought $20 worth of lottery tickets on Sept. 30 and went for her lunch break at McDonald’s.
“I was having a really bad night at work and I thought I better check my numbers,” Leach said during the press conference.
The winning numbers were 21-39-40-55-59 with a Powerball of 17 and a 3x Power Play. After reading the winning ticket, Leach said she went back to work and asked co-workers to help her verify if she had indeed won. Shortly after, she quit her job at Aquatic Bathware, a fiberglass factory she had worked in for nearly 23 years.
“I quit automatically,” Leach said. “I was done. I didn’t go to sleep for over 30 hours when I found out.”
Leach accepted the lump sum cash option of $197.4 million. She said she plans on using the money to take care of her children and joked that she was going to make her longtime partner, Vaughn Avery, sign a pre-nup.
“We used to say if we ever won the lottery, we wanted to buy a whole bunch of land and build all of our kids a home and basically have our own little community,” Leach said.