His wife was so ill before she died in 2002 that Rizzo worked half days so he could help take care of her. He continued the new work schedule after Helen died.
Rizzo and his children play golf together, and family members often join him on his quarterly jaunts to Las Vegas.
“I like to play poker,” he said. “Sometimes I win, and sometimes I lose.”
But his daughter said more often than not, Rizzo wins.
“He seems to be the luckiest person in the world,” Elaine Petersen said, “and the sweetest.”
Rizzo recently bought three separate $5 scratch-off lottery tickets over a period of 17 days and won $500 on each one.
“That was just crazy,” he said.
There is one area where he could use a little more luck.
“Two of his daughters have managed to get a hole-in-one, but Dad never has,” Petersen said.
“He plays often and keeps trying. It’s become a goal of his.”