NY man who claims $5M lottery scam faced debts

November 15, 2012 - 3:34 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A maintenance worker from central New York says he was forced into bankruptcy after getting conned out of a $5 million lottery ticket that two brothers have been charged with trying to claim.

Robert Miles was identified in court papers as the owner of the scratch-off ticket. Two Syracuse brothers face criminal charges after claiming they bought the winning ticket at their parents' store.

The state lottery this week suspended the store's license to sell tickets at least until after the criminal case is completed.

The 47-year-old Miles told The Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/S0wjdw) he bought the ticket in 2006 and knew the store owners' son Andy Ashkar had swindled him when he said the ticket was worth $5,000.

Ashkar and his brother Nayel were arrested Tuesday. They say they own the ticket.