Scammed lottery winner Robert Miles will get his money next month–seven years after he was bilked of his jackpot.
Miles, a central New York maintenance worker, won $5 million via a scratch-off ticket, said the Gaming Commission, according to The Associated Press.
He will get his jackpot over the next few weeks.
Miles bought the ticket in October 2006 at a convenience store in Syracuse. The two sons of the store, Andy and Nayel Ashkar, told Miles that the ticket was worth only $5,000, paying him $4,000 for it. They waited until 2012 to claim the ticket, but lottery officials investigated.
Andy Ashkar was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison, reported the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Miles told NBC News that regarding his winnings, “It’s a matter of paperwork now.”
His attorney, Steve Gamareri, told the Post-Standard that Miles is “elated the lottery prize has finally been awarded him.”