Lottery officials are awarding a former crack cocaine addict his $5 million lotto winnings some seven years after he was scammed out of the full amount by convenience store owners who took advantage of his confused state.
Robert Miles won the prize in 2006 from a scratch ticket he bought at Green Ale Market in Syracuse, New York. When Andy and Navel Ashkar, the owner’s sons, saw the winning ticket, they convinced the lottery winner it was only worth $5,000 — a claim he believed.
He accepted their offer of $4,000 cash because, as he testified at the criminal trial, he was confused due to his mental state from his addiction.
Ashkar, 35, was convicted of possessing the stolen ticket and received up to 25 years in prison. His brother was not convicted. Both were cleared of conspiracy charges.
NBC News reports that the pair’s father Nayef Ashkar, pled guilty to filing a false instrument. He will go to trial in September on conspiracy charges.
Miles can receive either $250,000 annually for the next 20 years, or a lump payment of $2.1 million after taxes.