A Michigan woman is now in the money after winning a massive rollover Powerball jackpot in the drawing on Wednesday, September 30th. Julie Leach, a 50-year-old mother of three and grandmother of 11, worked a â€œnasty, dirty jobâ€ at a fiberglass factory, but after she matched the winning numbers of 21, 39, 40, 55 and 59 with Powerball 17 to win an astonishing $310.5 million, she is now a lady of leisure.
In a press release, Leach was quoted as saying â€œMy boyfriend told me I should stop and buy some Powerball tickets on the way to work because the jackpot was so huge. I stopped at the Shell station and bought 10 Powerball plays for $20.â€ Just a few hours later, she matched the entire winning line to win an unimaginable prize.
When her 1:00AM lunch break rolled around, Leach went to McDonaldâ€™s to pick up a bite to eat. While she waited in the drive through, she remembered that she had bought Powerball tickets before heading to work. Initially she didnâ€™t believe she had hit the jackpot and asked some of her coworkers to double-check the tickets. When they told her â€œGet the hell out of here, youâ€™re a millionaire!â€ she clocked out on the spot and went home.
After telling her long-term partner, Vaughn Avery, the good news, he told Leach he had to get ready for work at 4:00AM, and she promptly told him â€œhe was never working againâ€. The couple plan to build houses for themselves and their children after paying off some bills.
Leach took the lump sum option, netting a pre-tax payout of $197.4 million and a grand total of $140 million. A financial advisor has been hired as she and her partner embrace a relaxed, unhurried lifestyle thanks to Americaâ€™s biggest lottery game.
If youâ€™d like to pull a Julie and tell your boss where to go after winning a huge Powerball jackpot, make sure you buy tickets for Saturdayâ€™s drawing. The top prize is worth an estimated $60 million (cash value $38.4 million) and tickets are a cool $2 each. Good luck!