94-year-old World War II vet wins lottery

Posted at 11:11 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 23:11:23-04

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WXMI/CNN) - A World War II veteran from Michigan got quite a bit more than just a birthday party this year.

What started as a simple birthday wish, turned a dream into reality for 94-year-old Stanley Jastrzembski.

"I'll put the money in the bank and let the kids fight over it when I die," Jastrzembski said.

He was given a winning raffle ticket from his son for his 94th birthday back in April.

"I feel like a millionaire. I'm not a millionaire but I feel good about the whole thing," Jastrzembski said.

The ticket was good for two box seat season tickets for the Detroit Tigers 2018 season.

But because of his age, Stanley took the cash payment of about $10,000.

In addition to the cash payout, the state lottery commission gave a special gift to one of the Tigers' biggest fans.

It was an autographed baseball from former Detroit Tiger, Alan Trammell, and the chance to see his favorite team play at least one game in person this season.

Jastrzembski doesn't have plans to spend the money anytime soon. Only to celebrate with family while finding gratitude in good fortune.

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