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

Oct 6, 2015, 1:03 pm (65 comments)

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Includes video report

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

Lottery Post Staff

Comments

Funtimz's avatarFuntimz

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.

rcbbuckeye's avatarrcbbuckeye

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.

music*'s avatarmusic*

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

rcbbuckeye's avatarrcbbuckeye

Just had a thought.

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

Who knows when she would get her money.

plumsage's avatarplumsage

23 years.??  You deserve this enjoy your life.  Hurray!!!Party

psykomo's avatarpsykomo

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

                                                  Party

rock_nc's avatarrock_nc

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...

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

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

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

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!!!!.

haymaker's avatarhaymaker

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.

dallascowboyfan's avatardallascowboyfan

Congratulations to the winner Hurray!

Stack47

Quote: Originally posted by Funtimz on Oct 6, 2015

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.

Stack47

Quote: Originally posted by mypiemaster on Oct 6, 2015

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 avatarRJOh

Quote: Originally posted by Funtimz on Oct 6, 2015

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.

faber98

Quote: Originally posted by Stack47 on Oct 6, 2015

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.

finally, someone who had the gonads to do it right. quit the job immediately, don't even go back for the 2nd half of the day or night. nonsense waiting for the ticket to be validated. she knew she had the winner. just sign it and say sayonara to the job.

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats Julie.

Bleudog101

Congratulations Julie.

noise-gate

Quote: Originally posted by Bleudog101 on Oct 6, 2015

Congratulations Julie.

I Agree!...with that- But there is no way l am going to let co- workers check my ticket,  unless l have poor eyesight to begin with. Quitting immediately is not a sin. There is no need to give two weeks notice- you not getting two weeks if you going to be fired, that's for sure!  Keep an eye out for your " ticket checking friends" they will be coming around to check in on your health, your wealth & who knows what else.

You heard it here first.

savagegoose's avatarsavagegoose

I could live off the interest on the interest! the hardest part would be waiting for the  money to hit my account.... ..... cmon already i got super cars to wreck.

Ridley

Michigan Powerball winners seem to enjoy McDonald's. (Mr. Lawson name-checked them during his press appearance, stating that he'd continue to eat there.) I guess that's not so uncommon, but it's funny that the fast food giant is two-for-two in being mentioned by the state's individual Powerball winners.

Funtimz's avatarFuntimz

Quote: Originally posted by mypiemaster on Oct 6, 2015

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!!!!.

Agree totally.

Litebets27's avatarLitebets27

Nice going Julie. Time for some fun times now...Thumbs Up

Stack47

Quote: Originally posted by faber98 on Oct 6, 2015

finally, someone who had the gonads to do it right. quit the job immediately, don't even go back for the 2nd half of the day or night. nonsense waiting for the ticket to be validated. she knew she had the winner. just sign it and say sayonara to the job.

I suppose if someone never won a prize over five bucks, it would be difficult relating to winning a couple thousand and impossible to relate to winning $140 million.

TheGameGrl's avatarTheGameGrl

May she enjoy life with good health and wealth . 

congrats!

myturn's avatarmyturn

I thought winners now had the right to anonymity in Michigan?

 

Has anyone go any information on that?

 

If so, she was unwise to go public.

myturn's avatarmyturn

Julie:

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your financial security. 

 

You will probably be inundated with requests, stay strong, don't be a soft touch.

 

Also, get independent, professional financial and legal advice.

 

Wishing you all the best.

Rman313's avatarRman313

Quote: Originally posted by myturn on Oct 6, 2015

I thought winners now had the right to anonymity in Michigan?

 

Has anyone go any information on that?

 

If so, she was unwise to go public.

I think its still in the works. I just hope she's really careful. Now her name and her face is out there for all to see.

Piaceri

Congrats to the winner.  Enjoy your new & improved life.

 

I'm sure she will wind up moving away from this small town she's lived in for at least 23 years.

golfer1960's avatargolfer1960

three rivers, mi

Here's the most expensive home on the market in Three Rivers, MI at $715K. It has 5bd, 3ba and 2900 sq ft and built in 1988. I believe she can afford it if she wants it.

golfer1960's avatargolfer1960

three rivers  three riverskitchen

I think I like this one better. It cost $696K and has 4bd, 4bth, and 3283 sq ft, lake front.

Go Julie, GO!!!!!

KY Floyd's avatarKY Floyd

Where's the other $600,000 worth of it?

grwurston's avatargrwurston

Quote: Originally posted by mypiemaster on Oct 6, 2015

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!

maximumfun's avatarmaximumfun

Congratulations on the win & the early retirement!  Now cash your ticket - assemble your team - and get outa dodge!

casino crawler's avatarcasino crawler

From a former Michigander, Congratulations Julie Leach.  No one understands the sacrifices that factory workers make and are such an integral part of our economy.  23 years in a factory job and working your way up in a "man's world"...Good for you, go ahead and quit and enjoy your good luck with your family and friends.  All the best to you!Hurray!

HaveABall's avatarHaveABall

Congratulations Julie!  I always get excited when I see a solo woman win a jackpot in these big -- majority of our country-ranging -- lottery games!

Banana Pumpkin

DELotteryPlyr

Quote: Originally posted by rcbbuckeye on Oct 6, 2015

Just had a thought.

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

Who knows when she would get her money.

wonder what the sales are like in Illinois? How long will PB & MM let them continue not paying? Sales MUST be droppping.

I just pulled up the state site, there is a 1 million dollar raffle going on this month - LOL!!!!

anyone got any updates on this issue?

TGOOD7's avatarTGOOD7

US FlagHyperCongratulations,,,,,

Tami333's avatarTami333

Quote: Originally posted by Ridley on Oct 6, 2015

Michigan Powerball winners seem to enjoy McDonald's. (Mr. Lawson name-checked them during his press appearance, stating that he'd continue to eat there.) I guess that's not so uncommon, but it's funny that the fast food giant is two-for-two in being mentioned by the state's individual Powerball winners.

Ha Ha!  Good observation Ridley.  That is so funny about the McDonald's thing.  Speaking of Donald Lawson, he's on FB now as "Lawson Dino". There's a picture of him at his daughter's wedding.  Something appears to be troubling him as he has a court date coming up and ranted for demons to leave him alone. Someone in the family bought a house in Alva, Florida.  Huge.   

 

Congratulations Julie!!!  You deserve it for your 23 years of dedication to one company. 

Gleno's avatarGleno

Congrats to Julie.

Hope she puts some of  the money for her 11 grandchildren in a trust fund.

Lep

jjtheprince

I think the only people who continue to work after a large jackpot win are ones that are mentally ill.

Myself being of very sound mind, would quit right away just as she did.

RedStang's avatarRedStang

She's lucky it happened before the change. Don't blame her for quitting, the night shift is horrible especially with that fiberglass dust blowing around.

Braco

Banana In Perfect Ways Under Grace TYTYTY!!! PartyHurray! Congratulations!!! Julie Leach!!!! Many Blessings !!!!! I hold you to THE HIGHEST GOOD!!!!!

Lynn-Lynn's avatarLynn-Lynn

Congratulations on your win

shadowlady's avatarshadowlady

Quote: Originally posted by rcbbuckeye on Oct 6, 2015

Just had a thought.

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

Who knows when she would get her money.

I had the same thought, and that she should be grateful that she doesn't live in Illinois.

Julie, may you be happy with your winnings.

I just remembered from the news this morning, they said she would be using the money to help her family.

sweetie7398's avatarsweetie7398

Congratulations

EDFxCap

Good for her!  Now she can put $140M cash to good use & feed the hungry.

Drenick1's avatarDrenick1

Quote: Originally posted by EDFxCap on Oct 7, 2015

Good for her!  Now she can put $140M cash to good use & feed the hungry.

Great idea! She can purchase a McDonald's value meal for 25 million strangers whom will care less who she is a week down the road. 

In April of 2016 the IRS will come knocking for the balance of her federal taxes owed which should amount to approxamitely $30 million.... Who do you think will help her pay her obligations to Uncle Sam? Santa Claus or her fairy god mother unfortunately don't count.

Drenick1's avatarDrenick1

Whether she likes it or not her life and that of her family are forever changed. She needs to start life all over in a different state with those closest to her, almost like a witness protection program but with a great deal of wealth as a bonus.

Her friendship from the past will never be the same and as tempting as it is to include them in your life going forward is in all reality a very bad choice. She will be hounded for money and those lucky enough to receive monetary gifts from her will only resent her due the fact it wasn't enough.

She needs to get out of town as quickly as she can. With about $110 million after all tax obligations are met she and her family should be able to live quite nicely for the rest of their lives...this of course is dependent on her having a good support group of attorneys and CFP's who can formulate a long term guidance to adhere to.

music*'s avatarmusic*

 Wink This is generational changing money. I am sure that she can now hire the best financial and psychological counselors. Why does she need a mental therapist?  The culture shock from going from middle class to the upper class can be difficult for her and her family.

 There are so many unknowns that she must find answers for. 

Step 1., Create a Decision Free Zone.  Each successful winner will take a different time frame for this zone.  Counselors like Financial and Tax can answer some of her questions.

 I noticed that her winning numbers were Easy Pick , EP,   or Quick Pick here in California. The second line won.

Party

veganlife125's avatarveganlife125

I thought she was cool about the whole thing.  She showed alot of wit, calmness, and brains.  Its great that she did a press conference. I like that she won the whole pot.  MM and PB pots should be won by one person.  If you want to "spread it around" go to a picnic. 

Bleudog101

On a slightly different subject, but still Powerball the new matrix increased the pot by only $10 million, just as I had predicted.

Saylorgirl's avatarSaylorgirl

Quote: Originally posted by Bleudog101 on Oct 8, 2015

On a slightly different subject, but still Powerball the new matrix increased the pot by only $10 million, just as I had predicted.

Until the Powerball jackpot gets above $90 - $100 million it ALWAYS only goes up by $10 million each draw.

 

Congratulation to the winner Ms. Leach enjoy your new life!!

karamu

Congrats$ Spend it wisely??

gr8ter's avatargr8ter

Quote: Originally posted by karamu on Oct 8, 2015

Congrats$ Spend it wisely??

I Agree!

ConstantlyB's avatarConstantlyB

Congratulations Julie

There is nothing wrong with saying no...no...NO!

This is what I told my family: When....I win the lottery, there is no need to call my phone. If you aren't with me when I go to collect.....don't even worry about it. Phone numbers I don't recognize will NOT be answered. For those numbers I do have in my phone, if you call me more than once a week....whatever I was going to give you will decrease...dramatically.

I check my numbers every morning after the drawing.....never know...I may have to call in....take a leave of absence....use up some vacation days......just until the check clears the bank.

...that will give me time to draw up my resignation letter and send it to that.... dot.com....or HR email address. Won't even go back to the job and get my favorite mug out of my locker.....LOL!

Exit interview???

.....that will be the P.S. at the bottom of the letter....a little something like this:

"I honestly believe the LORD puts us in place for a reason and a moment of time. The past 20+ years working for this company has prepared me for what's to come." 

 

That's about as nicety (nice + nasty) as I hope to get. 

PartyENJOY YOUR WIN JULIE!

Oh and if the outer voices get too loud.....make this announcement LOUDLY:"You don't have to go HOME...but YOU GOT TO GET THE HECK OUT OF HERE!"

Best wishes!!!

Artist77's avatarArtist77

Quote: Originally posted by noise-gate on Oct 6, 2015

I Agree!...with that- But there is no way l am going to let co- workers check my ticket,  unless l have poor eyesight to begin with. Quitting immediately is not a sin. There is no need to give two weeks notice- you not getting two weeks if you going to be fired, that's for sure!  Keep an eye out for your " ticket checking friends" they will be coming around to check in on your health, your wealth & who knows what else.

You heard it here first.

Remember not everyone can just quit with no advance notice both ethically and legally. If you have a professional license  you could be up for dIsbarment without taking the time to file motions to withdraw representation, contact your client, etc.

LottoMetro's avatarLottoMetro

Talk about hating your job, quitting the very same night Confused

I actually like my job and would probably keep it, or at the very least stay on part-time. Where I work it would not really draw attention to drive very expensive car or to have fancy house etc. So I think I would be able to claim through a trust or something and be able to continue working without many peers bothering me.

Murgatroyd

Quote: Originally posted by Artist77 on Oct 10, 2015

Remember not everyone can just quit with no advance notice both ethically and legally. If you have a professional license  you could be up for dIsbarment without taking the time to file motions to withdraw representation, contact your client, etc.

If you just won $300 million, how much does disbarment really matter? Big Grin

Artist77's avatarArtist77

Quote: Originally posted by Murgatroyd on Oct 11, 2015

If you just won $300 million, how much does disbarment really matter? Big Grin

Sounds like hard work and accomplishments are a novel concept for you. Lol No amount of money can change your personal reputation so why make a fool of yourself in any area of your life?

People who win major jackpots and lose their basic good sense, seem to end up broke.

hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

Quote: Originally posted by Artist77 on Oct 12, 2015

Sounds like hard work and accomplishments are a novel concept for you. Lol No amount of money can change your personal reputation so why make a fool of yourself in any area of your life?

People who win major jackpots and lose their basic good sense, seem to end up broke.

I Agree!

KY Floyd's avatarKY Floyd

Quote: Originally posted by Artist77 on Oct 12, 2015

Sounds like hard work and accomplishments are a novel concept for you. Lol No amount of money can change your personal reputation so why make a fool of yourself in any area of your life?

People who win major jackpots and lose their basic good sense, seem to end up broke.

Apparently this will be a novel concept for you. Getting disbarred, especially for something you do on purpose, doesn't diminish the accomplishment of having passed the bar in the first place, nor does it effect whatever work you've already done. I guess it will also be a novel concept that the post you responded to does absolutely nothing to indicate what Murgatroyd actually thinks about hard work, accomplishment, or what quitting says about the person who quit.

Anybody who quits their job with no notice, especially in the middle of the workday, is walking out on an obligation they made voluntarily. It doesn't matter whether it's somebody flipping burgers at McDonald's, a lawyer, or this woman.  Quitting on the spot tells us that they're a person who doesn't honor their commitments unless circumstances force them to.

Artist77's avatarArtist77

Quote: Originally posted by KY Floyd on Oct 13, 2015

Apparently this will be a novel concept for you. Getting disbarred, especially for something you do on purpose, doesn't diminish the accomplishment of having passed the bar in the first place, nor does it effect whatever work you've already done. I guess it will also be a novel concept that the post you responded to does absolutely nothing to indicate what Murgatroyd actually thinks about hard work, accomplishment, or what quitting says about the person who quit.

Anybody who quits their job with no notice, especially in the middle of the workday, is walking out on an obligation they made voluntarily. It doesn't matter whether it's somebody flipping burgers at McDonald's, a lawyer, or this woman.  Quitting on the spot tells us that they're a person who doesn't honor their commitments unless circumstances force them to.

Hmmm..sounds like someone has been sanctioned or disbarred...lol. So much for your oath. You give attorneys a bad name. If you don't view dIsbarment as wiping out a legal career, you must never have had much of a career. As Marilyn would say...jejejeje.

KY Floyd's avatarKY Floyd

Quote: Originally posted by Artist77 on Oct 13, 2015

Hmmm..sounds like someone has been sanctioned or disbarred...lol. So much for your oath. You give attorneys a bad name. If you don't view dIsbarment as wiping out a legal career, you must never have had much of a career. As Marilyn would say...jejejeje.

You're welcome to think whatever you like, but since you've got absolutely no idea what my career is or how it has gone it's all just a product of your own psyche.

Disbarment may stop somebody from many of the things that attorneys typically do, but it doesn't have to wipe out a career, even if it's a legal career.  More importantly, as was pointed out in the post that started this, losing a career, especially when it's voluntary, doesn't mean much when you've got $140 million in your bank account. Other than your fevered imaginings, that's all this is about.

pantherestates's avatarpantherestates

I love hearing stories like this but when I win mine will definitely be so different.I would quit immediately and I wouldn't tell NOBODY!!oh wait accept the estate lawyer who would set up the blind trust for me.!!

MotoX2

I'd quit right away after all I live in an AT-WILL STATE.  Congrats to her.

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