Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Two men are facing felony charges after the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office accused them of scamming a lottery ticket winner out of millions of dollars.
According to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office, Andy Ashkar told the legitimate winner that a $5 million ticket was only worth $5,000 when he purchased it at the Ashkar family’s Green Ale Market on East Fayette Street.
In addition, the DA’s office says Ashkar told the legitimate winner that the store was entitled to a $1,000 cashing fee.
The legitimate winner was only given $4,000.
Nayel Ashkar, 36, of Cicero, and Andy Ashkar, 34, of Camillus, have been charged with second degree grand larceny and first degree conspiracy. In addition, Andy Ashkar has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree, a felony.
The Ashkars were arrested at the car dealerships they work at in Ithaca and East Syracuse on Tuesday.
The brothers visited the New York State Lottery offices in Schenectady and tried to cash the ticket, according to the DA’s office.
In October, the Lottery security division placed a story in local media in an effort to draw out the real winner.
According to the DA’s office, the legitimate winner has come forward and is cooperating with their office.
The winner has not been identified.