Scammed Lottery Winner

August 30, 2013 by  

Scammed Lottery Winner, You’d have to be on crack to trade a lottery ticket worth $5 million for $4,000.

And that’s exactly what Robert Miles, of Syracuse, did in 2006.

On Wednesday, seven years (and multiple criminal trials) after he should have been rich, the New York Lottery verified Miles as the rightful winner of millions, writes the Syracuse Post-Standard.

It wasn’t just drug addiction that contributed to Miles’ bad decision on selling the scratch-off. There was also the crooks running the convenience store that told him he’d only won $5,000.

“They don’t sell $5 million tickets in the hood,” clerk Andy Ashkar told Miles before offering him $4,000 for the alleged $5,000 ticket. The extra $1,000 would be kept as some sort of check cashing fee, Ashkar told Miles.

Ashkar, 35, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for criminal possession of stolen property.

Andy’s father, Nayef, who owns The Green Ale Market, admitted he lied in a New York state lottery affidavit and will later face conspiracy charges.

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