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Scammed Lottery Winner Gets Payout for $5M, 7 Years Later

By    |   Friday, 30 Aug 2013 03:18 PM

Lottery winner Robert Miles, scammed out of a $5 million payday almost seven years ago, will finally collect his jackpot, New York state lottery officials announced Thursday.

The New York maintenance worker will receive his prize next month. He bought the winning scratch-off "Extravaganza" ticket at The Green Ale Market in 2006, which was owned by Nayef Ashkar. When Miles won, Ashkar's two sons told Miles that he had won just $5,000. They gave him $4,000 for it, keeping $1,000 for the store, authorities told The Associated Press.

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The brothers, Andy and Nayel, redeemed the jackpot in 2012. Suspicious lottery officials launched an investigation, since the ticket had been sold years ago.

Miles stepped forward after the Ashkar brothers were announced as the winners. He testified during their trial that he was addicted to crack cocaine at the time when he redeemed the ticket and was confused by what had happened. He filed for bankruptcy in 2008.

Andy Ashkar, 35, and Nayel, 37, were acquitted of conspiracy charges, but Andy was sentenced in July to up to 25 years in jail for possessing stolen property. The brothers' father pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying in a state lottery affidavit.

Miles was "elated the lottery prize has finally been awarded to him," his lawyer, Steve Cambareri, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said solving the case was "great news."

"Even though people told us it was impossible to litigate these kinds of cases, that nobody ever wins — we just didn't give up," Fitzpatrick told Syracuse.com. "From the beginning, we wanted to get Robert Miles his money. I'm very happy that I can say today that we succeeded."

Wacky lottery stories like Miles' are fairly common.

Last month, a South Carolina woman's luck stopped short after she told a few friends about her winning $500 ticket. Willie Jones, a friend of the winner, was charged with stealing her ticket, The Huffington Post reported.

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