After the media frenzy that ensued after Mavis Wanczyk won the $758.7 million Powerball prize, police have decided to offer extra patrols around her home. Wanczyk, who was a hospital worker from the western Massachusetts town Chicopee, was announced about two weeks ago as the winner of the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
The spokesman for Chicopee police, Officer Michael Wilk, said, “This is a great thing […] we want her to know we’re there if she needs us.” According to Wilk, officers have been told to keep an extra eye out. They even have cops parked in her driveway.
This is done to discourage members of the media and other people from entering the neighborhood and harassing her. In addition, officers have spoken to the other neighbors on the street to tell them that if they see anything or anyone suspicious lurking about to call the police immediately.
Although it appears that reporters have been respectful in general, Wilk says the same is not true of everyone else in the area.
There have been reports from neighbors that claim that they’ve seen others hanging about the area, looking for Wanczyk.
Wilk stated, “Besides media, there have been people knocking on doors, asking people where she lives. We’re not going to tolerate her being harassed or bothered.”
According to Wilk, one neighbor who was approached and asked about Wanczyk’s whereabouts responded with “she is not around.”
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