Brother on trial: I bought $5M NY lottery ticket

Brother on trial: I bought $5M NY lottery ticket, feared for parents' safety if I came forward

Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Closing arguments are over in the trial of two brothers accused of conning a man out of a winning $5 million scratch-off lottery ticket in upstate New York.

Though Onondaga (ahn-uhn-DAH'-gah) County prosecutor Beth Van Doren calls it a bizarre case, she says the fact that Andy Ashkar and his brother Nayel waited nearly six years to try to cash the winning ticket is compelling evidence.

Andy Ashkar testified earlier Friday that he didn't tell anybody because he worried about the safety of his parents, who owned the Syracuse convenience store where the ticket was bought.

Lottery officials say Andy Ashkar convinced Robert Miles that the ticket he bought in 2006 was worth only $5,000, paid him $4,000, then waited until the ticket was about to expire before claiming the jackpot.

The brothers are charged with theft and conspiracy.

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