How lucky is he? Stockton resident Bruce Seitz just won $1.3 million playing the lottery. Get this: He scored that lovely prize on what was originally a losing ticket. Seitz had entered it into the California Lottery’s Scratchers® 2nd Chance program. His $2 California Lucky Life ticket was drawn to win the end-of-game’s top prize, which in this case, is $1,000 a week for 25 years!
“Of course I didn’t believe it,” Seitz said about the moment he logged into his 2nd Chance account to enter more tickets, and discovered he had already scored big on a prior entry.
Here’s where his story gets even more interesting. Turns out two other members of his immediate and extended family have won big playing the California Lottery. Seitz, the youngest of three boys in his family, revealed that many years ago his oldest brother’s wife won $1 million on the former Big Spin show; and his other brother won $50,000 as a result of another lottery game.
Seitz told us he had always joked with his siblings that “the third time belongs to me.” Turns out he was right. The 53-year-old mortgage banker said he plays a little every week. “I don’t go overboard by any means,” Seitz said. Prior to this, the most he had ever won was about ten dollars. So why keep trying? “Because you can’t win if you don’t play,” Seitz explained.
Seitz, and his wife Carole, had a couple of grandkids in tow as they claimed their win on Monday at the California Lottery’s East Bay District Office in Hayward. One even suggested that granddad should spend his money on a Lamborghini. “He’s a dreamer,” Bruce said. “I haven’t really thought about what we’re gonna do yet.”
Carole Seitz agreed that the gravity of the win hadn’t quite sunken in. She could only describe the situation as “pretty amazing.”
The couple has been married for 33 years, but don’t look for them to go riding off into the sunset just yet. “A lot of people are asking if I’m going to retire,” Bruce said. “I tell them, ‘no, you’re still stuck with me.’” The couple can, however, approach work with the knowledge that their future is even more secure. “It gives you a different outlook,” Bruce said. “It takes some of the pressures off.” Upon hearing that, most would likely agree that’s one lucky family!