Next Time Mavis Wanczyk Wins $758 Million She Should Probably Call A Lawyer And Leave Chicopee Before Claiming Her Prize, Just Sayin
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WTNH: Police are providing extra patrols around the home of a Massachusetts woman who won the $758.7 million Powerball prize. Mavis Wanczyk, a hospital worker from the western Massachusetts town of Chicopee, was announced Thursday as the winner of the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
“This is a great thing,” Officer Michael Wilk, a spokesman for Chicopee police, said Friday. “We want her to know we’re there if she needs us.” Wilk said officers are keeping an extra eye out, and have even parked in her driveway, as members of the media and others have descended on the neighborhood. Officers have spoken to neighbors to tell them that if they see anything suspicious, they should call the police, he said.
While reporters have been respectful, Wilk said there have been reports from neighbors that others have been hanging around, looking for Wanczyk. “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,” he said.
Wilk said they were told by a neighbor that she is not around. Wanczyk quit her job on Thursday after learning she had won the prize. Lottery officials say she chose to take a lump sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes. Wanczyk has an adult daughter and son, and was accompanied Thursday to claim her winnings by other family members.
— NBC10 Boston (@NBC10Boston) August 24, 2017
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 25, 2017
If my name was Mavis, the first thing I’d do if I won $758 million is change my name from Mavis to anything besides Mavis. You’re rich. You can just buy whatever name you want. You got a bad draw with that name but it’s not your fault. Now that everyone is gonna be googling Mavis, there’s no better time to make the move you’ve been waiting for.
And no offense Mavis, but you have to be the dumbest lottery winner of all time. Granted you’re rich as shit and ultimately my opinions don’t matter because you could pay me a million dollars a year to wipe your ass with my face and I’d have no choice but to accept your offer.
But seriously, you won $758 million, and the first thing you did was waddle yourself out for a press conference? Hey here’s an idea – call a lawyer. Set up a trust with someone else’s name on it and collect the money that way. Keep a low profile. Don’t give your name. Go into hiding for a little bit. From what I’ve read she rented an apartment in Chicopee, so she can just leave whenever she wants. She doesn’t have to sell it. Just get the fuck out of there now and buy a thousand new houses. In the meantime move into a luxury hotel in Berkshires and take a bath in gold coins. Nothing matters anymore.
But whatever you do, DON’T STAY IN CHICOPEE!!! You’re rich now. Rich people don’t have to live in Chicopee. Chicopee is for people who don’t wanna send their kids to the Springfield Public Schools, but can’t afford to move Longmeadow. The fact that she’s just chillin at home after winning almost a billion dollars is the most insane thing I’ve ever heard.
And somehow Mass lottery winners are not allowed to remain anonymous. Why? What’s the purpose of this exactly? If you win this much money then you’re a target.
Anyway, there’s a whole lot of, “muh taxes” in the comments section on Masslive because this woman has all this extra security at her house now. But keep in mind, she must paid hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes on the winnings. I think she’s paid her fair share.
In all seriousness though, Mavis WAS a nurse for a long time. I don’t know if there’s a profession I have more respect for than nursing. They went through intense training and schooling to get where they are. They sign up to help people who are dying. They see trauma every day. They put their lives on the line as we saw in Southbridge when a nurse was recently stabbed. They deal with crazy people and nutjobs and are unarmed while doing so. They change diapers. They take care of our newborn babies.
I just figured she’d be smart enough then to realize that walking into Lotto headquarters and asking for your $758 million check was probably not a good idea. Just sayin.
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