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Powerball Winner Revealed, Claims $310.5 Million Prize

A woman in Michigan told her boss that she doesn’t need a raise before quitting.

Seven-Time Lottery Winner Offers Tips to Powerball Winner

— — The sole winner of a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot has finally come forward to claim Michigan’s second-largest lottery win in the state’s history — and her reaction was priceless.

The winner, Julie Leach, 50, said she was still in “disbelief” — adding that she told her boss that she doesn’t need a raise before quitting her job at a fiberglass company.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m just overwhelmed,” she said during a news conference this morning.

Leach described the day she discovered she was the winner.

“I was having a really bad night at work and I thought I better check my numbers,” she said, adding that she was “shaking” when she slowly realized she won. She said she went back to work, where she is a supervisor, to ask her co-workers to verify the numbers.

She said she’s accepting the lump sum cash option of $197.4 million. After taxes, her payout will be $140 million. She added, “I didn’t go to sleep for over 30 hours when I found out.”

When asked if she will continue working, Leach said, “I quit automatically. I was done.” She said it was a “nasty, dirty job” that she had for more than 20 years.

She said that after she told her boyfriend of 36 years, Vaughn Avery, “He wanted to go to work. I said, ‘Are you crazy? We don’t have to work anymore.'”

She said she wants to take care of their children and 11 grandchildren. Though he has tried proposing to her “several” times in the past, she has refused, pointing to their friends who have gotten divorced.

“I said he would have to sign a pre-nup now,” she said with a laugh.

She said she hopes to buy property in Michigan for the whole family.

“I’m going to take care of my kids,” she said. “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 it a good life for them and take care of them.”

When asked what her grandchildren have said about the news, Leach said, “‘Grandma’s rich.’ I heard that one.”

The ticket was sold at a Shell gas station in Three Rivers, Michigan, just a drive away from the border with Indiana. The drawing took place on Sept. 30

The winning numbers were 21, 39, 40, 55, 59 and Powerball 17.

The state’s largest Powerball jackpot ever was $337 million, which was won by Donald Lawson on Aug. 15, 2002.

The sole winner of a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot has finally come forward to claim Michigan's second-largest win for Powerball lotteries in the state.

$40 million Powerball winner revealed to be healthcare worker from Cairns

Published: 22/11/2019 Updated: 22 November 2019 3:45 AM

Queensland worker wins Powerball jackpot

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A Cairns man has taken home the $40 million prize in Thursday night’s Powerball draw.

Once he realised he’d won, the healthcare worker said the only way he could celebrate his win was to cool off by taking a shower.

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The lotto player held the only division one winning entry nationally in Powerball draw 1227.

It appeared to be an extra lucky day for the man as on top of his division one win, his PowerHit entry also scored division two 19 times, taking his total prize to $40,430,542.90.

Once contacted by an official, the stunned Queenslander said he had already checked his ticket and had spotted the lifechanging win.

Winning feeling

“I won’t be able to sleep tonight!” he laughed.

“I thought I would check my ticket before bed. I was quite calm. I knew I had some of the numbers and thought I might have won division six.

‘I won’t be able to sleep tonight.’

“Then I had another look and thought ‘no, you b******s are wrong!’ I had a look again. Then I went and had a shower.”

The winner credited his pet cat for tipping him off to the call that millions of Australians dream of receiving.

“It feels fantastic. It’s still very hard to accept, but you’ve rung me now so it must be true,” he said.

“Actually, when the phone rang, my cat ran over to the phone. She never does that. I was really surprised. That’s why I answered the phone.

‘It feel fantastic. It’s still very hard to accept.’

“It’s hard to believe only one person won it and that one person is me!

“It’s amazing. You dream about these things but when it happens you don’t believe it,” he said.

The Powerball player was equally surprised by the fact he had also bagged division two 19 times, thanks to his PowerHit entry.

“That’s amazing! I thought with a single PowerHit entry you just got one prize. I never thought you could win so many times,” he said.

An example of a Powerhit ticket. Credit: Powerball

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“This is just a random QuickPick. I’m so grateful to my favourite newsagent

“I’ll be sharing this with my family. I will buy a new house and go on holidays. I think I’m going to retire early too.”

Newsagent reacts

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning PowerHit entry at his local retailer, newsXpress Edge Hill.

“We’ve had the shop for about 16 years and this is the sixth division one we’ve sold,” newsXpress Edge Hill owner Maxine Hare said.

“We’ve sold a division one winning entry in all the games now, except for Oz Lotto. So that’s what we’re aiming for next!”

Following his win, newsXpress Edge Hill owner was quick to share her excitement as her loyal customer took home the mammoth cash prize.

‘Oh my god! I won’t sleep tonight!’ she said.

“Oh my god! I won’t sleep tonight! I’m so happy for it to be one of our regulars.”

“Congratulations to our winner. We wish them all the very best!” The numbers drawn in Powerball draw 1227 on Thursday 21 November 2019 were 1, 12, 3, 2, 25, 13 and 23 and the Powerball was number 1.

A healthcare worker from Cairns went to bed on Thursday night a multimillionaire. ]]>