SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — State lottery officials say the central New York maintenance worker duped out of a winning $5 million scratch-off ticket seven years ago will get his money next month.
Officials at the Gaming Commission confirm Thursday they've verified that the ticket belongs to Robert Miles of Syracuse. He's expected to receive his jackpot within the next couple weeks.
The news comes five weeks after 35-year-old Andy Ashkar of Camillus was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for possessing the stolen ticket that Miles bought in 2006 at a Syracuse convenience store owned by Ashkar's father.
Authorities say Ashkar and his brother convinced Miles the ticket was worth $5,000 and paid him $4,000 for it. The brothers waited until 2012 to claim the jackpot, prompting an investigation by lottery officials.