Two Syracuse brothers arraigned in lottery scam

5:16 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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SYRACUSE, New York (WNYT) -- Two Syracuse, New York brothers accused of a $5 million lottery scam were arraigned in Onondaga County Court Wednesday.

Andy and Nayel Ashkar are accused of convincing lottery winner Robert Miles his $5 million winning ticket was only worth $5,000, then keeping the ticket for themselves.

Prosecutors say Miles' dream came true in 2006 when he bought a $5 million dollar winning lottery ticket at the Ashkar's family store in Syracuse.

Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren said Andy Ashkar took the winning ticket and told the man it was only worth $5000.

Van Doren says he was given $4000 and Ashkar told him the store kept the other $1000 as their share.

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