The $310 million Powerball winner has been revealed! The winner is 50-year-old Julie Leach. Julie used to be a factory supervisor at a fibreglass company and has since quit her job after discovering that she was the sole winner of the massive jackpot. Read her full story here.
Julie Leach is from Michigan and she used to be a
Julie lives in Three Rivers and said that she was having a particularly ‘bad night’ at work when she went to a McDonald’s drive-thru to get a quick dinner. It was when she was waiting in the queue of the drive thru that she decided to check her lottery numbers. To her shock and disbelief, all her numbers matched and she realised she had just snagged the jackpot prize.
Julie said she plans to use her winnings to buy a plot of land to build houses for her and her partner of 36 years, and to support and look after their three children and eleven grandchildren.
Julie shared some details of the events leading up to her win. According to Fox 17, Julie said: “At about 6:30 at night I stopped to get my coffee and decided to buy $20’s worth of lottery tickets and just went to work.”
When Julie realized she was the winner everyone was looking for, she couldn’t believe her eyes. “I didn’t believe it so I had to go back to work and confirm my numbers with a couple of fresh eyes at the factory,” she shared. Julie woke up her partner, Vaughn Avery, who works at a metal casing factory so that she could tell him about her huge win.
When the press asked Vaughn what he was thinking at the time Julie told him the news, he said, “You’re kidding me, get out of here. I thought I was dreaming. She went on to say, ‘No. We won it.’” I had to take the ticket and look at it myself. I checked the results on her phone, then grabbed my own phone to open up the main website with the results. When I saw that all the numbers corresponded, I just couldn’t believe it. I said, ‘I really need to go to bed to get up for bed.’ Julie then said to me, ‘You don’t ever have to go to work again.’”
Julie told ABC that Vaughn had tried proposing to her many times in the
She also added that she might be open to an offer now, but “he would have to sign a prenup first,” she joked. Julie said that she is still in shock after her win, saying that she didn’t go to sleep for ‘over 30 hours’ after discovering her massive windfall.
When questioned about her leaving her job, she said that her decision was “automatic” after the win and she called her boss who was holidaying in Spain to tell him, “I don’t need that pay rise anymore.” Apart from buying land and travelling, she has “no idea” what to do with so much money.
She placed emphasis on her children. “I’m going to take care of my kids. I don’t want them to work the way I had to work and deal with the things I had to deal with in life. I want to make a good life for them and take care of them all,” Julie said.
Julie regularly buys rounds of lottery tickets to the value of $20 and buys even more is the jackpot is a big one. She is also participating in work pool. Despite her beating the odds, she says she never ever expected to win, and she now plans on going traveling. When asked where she wants to go, Julie said, “Wherever we want,” while smiling.
Julie Leach has also hired a top financial advisor to help her make the most of her money because she “has no idea” what to do with so much money. Taking the smart route, Julie has opted for the lump sum payout of $197.4 million which will come to $140 million after taxes. Julie’s winning Powerball numbers were:
21-39-40-55-59 and the Powerball number 17.
Congratulations to Julie! She seems like a lovely lady who really deserved the massive win. Join us in wishing her all he best for her and her family in the future years to come.
Julie isn’t the only one who can get lucky. You can get lucky too if you enter your numbers now. A Powerball ticket is only €2.50, a tiny price to pay for the chance to win a massive €45 million.
We wish you health and happiness,
The LuckyLottos Team
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