DETROIT –– She’s one lucky lady.
Julie Leach, 50, won the Michigan Powerball jackpot of $310.5 million –– the state’s second largest winner ever. Leach came forward today to claim her prize, and decided to take the lump sum option of $197.4 million in cash.
She joked that she was going to have her long-time partner Vaughn Avery sign a prenup. But she added that she planned to take care of her children and family with her winnings.
“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 she bought the tickets on her way into work.
“I worked a [night] shift and at about 6:30 at night I stopped to get my coffee and bought $20 worth of lottery tickets,” Leach said.
She said she had had a rough night at the fibreglass factory where she is a supervisor, and checked her ticket while on her lunch break at McDonald’s.
“I didn’t believe it,” Leach said. “I had to go back to work and get verified from a couple other co-workers and just couldn’t believe it.”
Leach said once she was certain she had won, she quitted immediately.
“I was done!” Leach said.