SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - State lottery officials say the central New York maintenance worker duped out of a winning $5 million scratch-off ticket seven years ago will get his money next month.
Officials at the Gaming Commission confirm Thursday they've verified that the ticket belongs to Robert Miles of Syracuse. He's expected to receive his jackpot within the next couple weeks.
The news comes five weeks after 35-year-old Andy Ashkar of Camillus was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for possessing the stolen ticket that Miles bought in 2006 at a Syracuse convenience store owned by Ashkar's father.
Authorities say Ashkar and his brother convinced Miles the ticket was worth $5,000 and paid him $4,000 for it. The brothers waited until 2012 to claim the jackpot, prompting an investigation by lottery officials.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Tower cranes stand tall in downtown Buffalo. They are sky-high symbols of change and development finally coming to the waterfront.
Buffalo firefighters responded to an early morning fire Friday on Remoleno Street.
Police, FBI agents and a bomb squad all showed up on a quiet residential street in North Buffalo overnight.
Eighty-two-year-old Edward Spencer was making a left hand turn while exiting the Budwey's parking lot when he struck 52-year-old Sandra Garner and 55-year-old Kevin Nowak, according to authorities.
The AARP wants to make sure New Yorkers have the care they need as they age.
City Hall is considering turning to taxpayers to help keep the lights on at the only movie theatre in downtown Buffalo.