Brothers Claim Lotto Jackpot 6 Years Later
Two brothers from central New York have come forward as the owners of a $5 million winning lottery ticket they bought at their parents’ store six years ago, state lottery officials said.
Andy Ashkar, 34, of Camillus and 36-year-old Nayel Ashkar of Cicero came forward March 1, just 11 days before the top prize in the $500,000,000 Extravaganza scratch-off game would have expired, the agency told Syracuse media outlets.
Andy bought the ticket at his parents’ market in Syracuse in 2006 and decided to share the winnings with his brother, lottery officials said. The agency says the younger brother said he waited so long to claim his prize because he was concerned the windfall could “negatively influence” his life if he didn’t plan properly.