Dad Admits $5M Lottery Scam Role, Avoids Jail


An upstate New York storeowner charged along with his sons in a scheme to cheat a man out of a $5 million lottery win has pleaded guilty to a felony, but won’t do jail time.

Nayef Ashkar, 57, pleaded guilty Thursday to filing a false instrument, admitting he lied in a state lottery affidavit. He owns the Syracuse convenience store where Robert Miles bought the winning ticket in 2006. Authorities said his son Andy convinced Miles it was worth just $5,000 and paid him $4,000.

Andy Ashkar and his brother Nayel were acquitted of conspiracy, but Andy Ashkar was convicted of possessing the stolen ticket. He’s serving 8 to 25 years in prison. The lottery hasn’t decided if Miles will get the money.