Minutes after the announcement, a dozen reporters in Zephyrhills were camped outside Mackenzie’s modest grey duplex, which backs up to a dirt alley and is across from a cow pasture.
Neighbors were surprised and said Mackenzie never mentioned her big win.
“She didn’t say anything about it. She’s so quiet and secluded. She’s usually in the house,” said neighbor James Hill. “I’m very happy for her. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. She was always pleasant and smiling.”
Another neighbor, Don Cecil, joked “I hope she gets a better place to live.”
Mackenzie’s neighbors offered few details about her life, including how long she’d lived there and whether she was married. They said she mostly kept to herself, but they saw her take short walks along the street and exchanged pleasantries with her.
Mackenzie’s house, which was situated among mostly mobile home and pre-fabricated houses, had a chain link fence with grey shutters, a tin sheet roof and an old TV antenna.