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Michigan woman instantly quit job after winning $310M Powerball jackpot

Oct 6, 2015, 1:03 pm

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By Todd Northrop

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan woman found out she was the winner of the $310 million Powerball jackpot while sitting in the drive-thru at McDonald's.

Julie Leach, 50, of Three Rivers, Michigan, was introduced as the big winner during a press conference on Tuesday held by the Michigan Lottery. 

Leach was a supervisor at Aquatic Bathware, a Michigan fiberglass factory, where she has worked for the past 23 years.  Leach learned she was the big winner while she was at the McDonald's drive-thru on a lunch break.

"I was having a really bad night at work and I thought I better check my numbers," she said.

After reading the numbers, Leach went back to work and her co-workers looked at her numbers to help her verify that she had actually won.  Minutes later, she quit her job.

"I quit automatically. I was done," she said. "I didn't go to sleep for over 30 hours when I found out."

Leach chose a lump sum of $197.4 million, or $140 million after taxes. It's Michigan's second-largest lottery prize.

Leach purchased the winning ticket at the Three Rivers West Shell gas station, located at 1223 W. Michigan Avenue. The gas station is 30 miles south of Kalamazoo.

The winning numbers in the Sept. 30 Powerball drawing were 21, 39, 40, 55, and 59, with Powerball number 17.  The Power Play number was 3.

VIDEO: Watch the press conference

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As much as I would want to quit my job, I would try to be a little more cool about it. And no way would I take it for all to see. But Congrats to her.

Take Risks: If you win, you'll be happy.  If you lose, you will be wiser...

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    I lost count how many times I said the same thing. If I win tonight it's goodbye.

    When you're having a crappy time at work, nothing else matters but to get the heck outta Dodge.

    CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

    A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

      music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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      Congratulations Julie Leach !!  Your hard work at a 23 year career has been rewarded. Thank You for doing the press interview. I am happy to see winners live.

       May you be blessed with wonderful life and please stay out of the news.

      Party

       "We are all in this together!" 

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        Just had a thought.

        Can you imagine if this had been in Illinois???

        Who knows when she would get her money.

        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

        A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

          plumsage's avatar - rinard
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          23 years.??  You deserve this enjoy your life.  Hurray!!!Party

          Happy healthy wealthy and wise.

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             Julie>>>Julie>>>Julie>>>U deserve a "break" after 23 year$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!

                                                              Party

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              Congrats to you! spend it wisely! Oh, the things i could buy, places i could go! Would like to travel the USA! What a dream come true! Would have to put some away, to keep the IRS from getting it! What would y'all do with that much money? Good Luck everyone on the New Powerball...

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                Instant retirement. No more McD, better food from now on.

                Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

                Having Money Solves Problems That Not Having Money Creates Yes Nod ****John Carlton****

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                  Do not quit your job before you have your ticket verified and validated. If the lottery officials say your ticket is not valid, you will have to go crawling back and begging for your job. If you have to, go home sick and then quit after you have verified and validated your ticket. JUST A THOUGHT!!!!.

                  Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

                  Having Money Solves Problems That Not Having Money Creates Yes Nod ****John Carlton****

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                    I've had lots of bad days at work, still I think I'd wait till the check clears,

                    use vacation time or something.

                    But everyone has to make their own decisions to live with, so good for her.

                    Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

                      dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
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                      Congratulations to the winner Hurray!

                      I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                        As much as I would want to quit my job, I would try to be a little more cool about it. And no way would I take it for all to see. But Congrats to her.

                        She was still excited when she did the interview and probably exaggerated the circumstances. I personally know three jackpot winners of over $10 million each that basically did the same thing.

                        Julie Leach won $140 million after taxes and probably doesn't care if some people think she didn't act "cool enough" for their taste.

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                          Do not quit your job before you have your ticket verified and validated. If the lottery officials say your ticket is not valid, you will have to go crawling back and begging for your job. If you have to, go home sick and then quit after you have verified and validated your ticket. JUST A THOUGHT!!!!.

                          I Agree!

                            RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                            As much as I would want to quit my job, I would try to be a little more cool about it. And no way would I take it for all to see. But Congrats to her.

                            Being retired I wouldn't have that problem, all I would have do is take cash, cash the check and start spending.

                             * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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