Woman finds out she won $310M Powerball while sitting in McDonald’s drive-thru

Posted at 1:00 PM, Oct 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-06 13:00:07-04

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 says she learned she was the winner while she was on a work break at McDonald's.

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

After reading the numbers, she 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 accepted the lump sum cash option of $197.4 million.

The winning numbers in the drawing were 21-39-40-55-59 with a Powerball of 17 and 3x Power Play. The drawing took place on Sept. 30