Scammed lottery winner finally gets millions

Robert Miles, left, wasn't a winner until he got a lawyer, right. (Photo from Syracuse. com)

Robert Miles, left, wasn't a winner until he got a lawyer, right. (Photo from Syracuse. com)

You’d have to be on crack to trade a lottery ticket worth $5 million for $4,000.

And that’s exactly what Robert Miles, of Syracuse, did in 2006.

On Wednesday, seven years (and multiple criminal trials) after he should have been rich, the New York Lottery verified Miles as the rightful winner of millions, writes the Syracuse Post-Standard.

It wasn’t just drug addiction that contributed to Miles’ bad decision on selling the scratch-off. There was also the crooks running the convenience store that told him he’d only won $5,000.

They don’t sell $5 million tickets in the hood,” clerk Andy Ashkar told Miles before offering him $4,000 for the alleged $5,000 ticket. The extra $1,000 would be kept as some sort of check cashing fee, Ashkar told Miles.

Ashkar, 35, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for criminal possession of stolen property.

Andy’s father, Nayef, who owns The Green Ale Market, admitted he lied in a New York state lottery affidavit and will later face conspiracy charges.

Miles, a maintenance worker, took the $4,000 and spent it on car rims and earrings. But in 2012 Andy Ashkar and his brother tried to redeem the $5 million ticket and Miles heard about it.

Miles has the option of receiving a lump sum payment of $2.1 million after taxes. He will get the money in about two weeks, his attorney says.

But if he’s smart he’ll take the $250,000 annual annuity for the next 20 years. It takes longer to go broke that way.

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Whirled Peas

August 30th, 2013
8:12 am

You can’t fix stupid. Not even with $2.1 million.

Van Jones

August 30th, 2013
8:34 am

“Miles, a maintenance worker, took the $4,000 and spent it on car rims and earrings.” You know, the necessities.


August 30th, 2013
8:39 am

Lame reporting. Nothing said about how this man reached out for help and turned his life around. He did.


August 30th, 2013
8:43 am

He will get the money in about two week, his attorney says…………George Mathis can’t even look over his own work for errors. He must be on crack!

George Mathis

August 30th, 2013
8:51 am

Thanks Error!, for pointing out that massive error. I am ashamed.


August 30th, 2013
9:01 am

what’s the error?


August 30th, 2013
9:08 am

“…took the $4,000 and spent it on car rims and earrings.”


Let Me Be Clear...

August 30th, 2013
9:44 am

Gee, who do you think Robert Miles, established economical genius & obvious practical thinker, voted for in the last Presidential election?

Just wait until your precious leader makes you “spread dat ‘welf’ around,” Robert.


August 30th, 2013
10:06 am

George Mathis: How did Miles know Ashkar was claiming the winnings with the Lottery office? That seems odd, since the bearer of the ticket is usually the rightful claimant. How did Miles find out?


August 30th, 2013
10:10 am

Brace4impactz…I agree with you and good for him!

William Smith

August 30th, 2013
10:20 am

He made a stupid error. However, scams are becoming the norm and not the exception. Scams are usually made against the elderly however. I know people who are intelligent that have been cheated by scam artist. Stay around long enough an we all will be taken advantage of by a scam. The NSA knows I talked about what restaurant my family plans to eat at Saturday, but they can’t stop the scams. That says something about us as a society.


August 30th, 2013
10:55 am

Another Stupid lottery winner


August 30th, 2013
11:06 am

I hope he takes the annual payment.
That is literally DOUBLE on the return.
Do NOT allow this former crack head be the “brokesperson/spokesperson” of all blacks

Becky Double D's

August 30th, 2013
11:10 am

@ William Smith – Excellent point about the NSA, William!

When millionaire Robert Miles now goes out to eat at a restaurant, I wonder what level of gratuity he will leave his hardworking servers.

Good luck!

August 30th, 2013
11:19 am

Hope he doesn’t blow it on foolish things, although spending the original 4k on earrings and rims doesn’t bode well for this windfall.
Still, the article could have mentioned how he found that the clerk was trying to cash in the ticket and
how he was able to prove it was the same ticket. I’m sure the writer did those things, the AJC probably edited it out to save $.


August 30th, 2013
12:12 pm

I doubt this guy voted for anyone.


August 30th, 2013
12:14 pm

Made it ma, top o theWORLD


August 30th, 2013
12:45 pm

I guess European descendants are ommune to wasting money. It doesn’t look like he’s on drugs now! Oh yeah, Europeans don;t do that either! Looks like he’s living to live. Lot of idiots with keyboard courage here!


August 30th, 2013
2:21 pm

He bought the ticket in 2006. They waited until 2012 to cash it in? Doesn’t NY have a cut off date for redeeming tickets? And it is weird that he was able to prove this was his ticket How was he able to do that?

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August 30th, 2013
2:49 pm

He waited six years to try to cash in a winning $5 million ticket? Surely the NY Lottery has a redemption time limit – in GA it’s 180 days. You could make the case that clerk Ashkar is even stupider than victim Miles.


August 30th, 2013
3:17 pm

Typical, what range rover ,say it.

Mick Dee

August 30th, 2013
3:32 pm

Now he can buy some REALLY nice rims and earrings.

I bet Miles’ lawyer steals most of the money, if he hasn’t already.


August 30th, 2013
4:18 pm

LMAO – Tire rims and earrings (and dope)…… .that is how Obama voters spend all their money …..cause us White folks pay for their section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare, and soon to be Obamacare. Oops, forgot about their ObamaPhones


August 30th, 2013
5:01 pm

“Miles, a maintenance worker, took the $4,000 and spent it on car rims and earrings.”


August 30th, 2013
7:29 pm

I thought lottery tickets had an expiration date. How did they try to cash the ticket six years later?


August 30th, 2013
9:32 pm

He owes somebody $4000. LOL


August 30th, 2013
9:53 pm

“Fat” wrote:

LMAO – Tire rims and earrings (and dope)…… .that is how Obama voters spend all their money …..cause us White folks pay for their section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare, and soon to be Obamacare. Oops, forgot about their ObamaPhones

Ok Fat (what most georgians are), i guess your little diatribe would indicate that there were ZERO white americans on welfare since “we” white Americans are the only ones that pay into the tax system. No one black pays sales tax, property tax or income tax. WRONG! It would also indicate that there are ZERO white Americans on food stamps. WRONG! There are 17 million white americans on food stamps.

Please stop with the broad generalizations. The only minorities you see are probably on television. Its like getting all of your notions about white people from Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo.


August 31st, 2013
1:38 am

Actually, it doesn’t take longer to go broke that way. There are lots of companies that will loan you money based on future payments.


August 31st, 2013
7:08 am

@kbb Thanks for your comment. I don’t understand people who make such comments as @fat. People who feel and think like him or her, truly scare me. Furthermore, for the people judging how Miles spent the $4000, or how he will spend the 5mil,it is his money, he is free to do with it as he pleases.


August 31st, 2013
7:14 am

Why do certain idiots have to turn ever blog into a “I hate obama blog, he voted for obama blog”. Truse me when I say that 2 time ivy league graduate, 2 term president is NOT thinking bout u like that. Get a life! As for this blog this fool will take the lump sum of 2.1 and be broke in less than 2yrs. He already proved that he is not intelligent by not even taking the ticket to another store.


August 31st, 2013
8:45 am

He’ll be broke in 3 years. By the time his baby momma’s and the hood rats find him, that money will be spent. I’m willing to bet he has been to a mercedes dealership to pick out his $228,000 cL 65 AMG.

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Tom Johnson

August 31st, 2013
10:03 am

Wheel rims & earrings….you can take the nig out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the nig.


August 31st, 2013
1:26 pm

He will do like any typical brotha does and collect his ebt card every month just to make sure he gets his while a few months later is back broke again , new movie on the way Broke Back Monkey!

zaw tun aung

August 31st, 2013
8:31 pm

Mile is not stupid. Look like store clark know that , that ticket is million dollar winner, clark might find out while he’s checking Mile’s ticket, look like Mile gave ticket to check for him.Crook store clark fooled Mile by telling that ticket only won $5000.


September 1st, 2013
1:38 pm

Oh… So it takes longer to go broke that way? I see. SMH


September 2nd, 2013
8:23 am

Too all you wonderful people that has never been on drugs, maybe just maybe had it hard in life.. may you all never have to face poverty, shame selflessness and being judged by the color of your skin.. This is what happens when you are not an economical genius like all of you have just proclaim by your negative comments.. If it was you how would you feel? Why cant you just be happy that the man got his due right, wouldn’t you want that if you didn’t know any better.. Typical wow and our precious Leader is your leader and the majority has spoken I hope you know who the majority is because its not African Americans.. Just thought I would make that clear..


September 2nd, 2013
2:07 pm

What does it matter what he does with the money?? He won the money and it’s his and why is everyone so concerned? HATERS JUST WISH IT WAS YOU