It was a beautiful Memorial Day weekend so Brandon Robertson thought he would go hang out with friends; that was until his dad reminded him his priority should probably be filling up his gas tank so he could get to his part-time job at UPS.
So off they went on May 28 to the 7-Eleven located at 1111 E. Kettleman Lane in Lodi (San Joaquin County) to get gasoline. Aside from fuel, Robertson remembered he had some California Lottery tickets he wanted to scan inside the store.
“None of them were winners. I was getting ready to leave and I was like, ‘Do you guys have the $3 Quick Win Bingo?’ She said they were out. I was getting ready to walk out and I was like let me get two of the $2 Set for Life tickets that I never buy or play!” the 25-year-old explained in amazement.
Afterwards, while he and his dad were in the drive-thru lane of a fast food restaurant next door, Robertson said he started scratching his two tickets (while his dad teased him non-stop about how he never wins!). “The first ticket was a loser so I threw it in my door. My dad was still talking [about how I blow all my money] and I was like look, I got ‘LIFE’!”
The Stockton resident had indeed uncovered the word ‘LIFE’ on his $2 ticket. He’d just won $1.2 million ($4,000 a month for 25 years) on a Scratchers® game he only purchased because the one he really wanted was out of stock! “Yup! Unbelievable,” Robertson said in disbelief. “I was freaking out (in the drive-thru). I’m pretty sure if they did have [the $3 Quick Win Bingo] I would have gotten it and somebody else would have [purchased the winning $1.2 million Set for Life ticket]!”
Here’s something fascinating: Robertson said he felt like it was going to be a big day for him after seeing all number ones (1:11 and 11:11) on the clock. He considers it a lucky sign and is adamant he notices those numbers whenever they appear on the clock every single day.
“The night before [I won], we were watching the news. I saw ‘11:11’ at the top of the (TV) screen. I pointed it out. Then the day I won, I saw ‘1:11’ in the afternoon on the clock. I pointed it out again and told my dad it’s my lucky sign.” Lo and behold, later that evening, Robertson became an instant millionaire! Had he gone and hung out with friends like he originally wanted to do – none of this would have happened. What a story!
Robertson says instead of getting the prize of $4,000 per month for 25 years, he’s going to take the $696,000 lump sum amount (before federal taxes). “I’ve got a lot of fun things I’m going to do. But I’m going to be smart with it…my dad is going to help me. I’m going to buy some rental property so that way I have some kind of income. I am going to have fun with it somewhere!” Robertson assured.