After discovering that she won the $310.5 million Powerball jackpot, Michigan woman Julie Leach immediately quit her job of 23 years.
Leach, 50, said she "couldn’t believe it" after she looked at the winning ticket of the $310.5 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, CNN Money reported.
Leach said she bought $20 worth of lottery tickets before heading to work a night shift on Sept. 30. She later found out she wont the lottery while taking a 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, according to Fox 17. 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.