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7 years later, real winner awarded $5M lottery jackpot

Topic closed. 34 replies. Last post 3 years ago by jamella724.

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Posted: August 28, 2013, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

Thats not a very nice thing to say...your just mad it wasnt you....I'm glad he won and anybody that does win to these crooked lottery people.US Flag

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    Posted: August 28, 2013, 10:58 pm - IP Logged

    Welp, the lawyer's got a big ol' smile on his face too.

    I wonder how much he's gonna take from him now?

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      Posted: August 29, 2013, 12:16 am - IP Logged

      Looking good Miles and congrats, your day has come!!!Big Smile

      Thank you New York Lottery for giving this man what he deserved.

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        Posted: August 29, 2013, 4:41 am - IP Logged

        Looking good Miles and congrats, your day has come!!!Big Smile

        Thank you New York Lottery for giving this man what he deserved.

        well said, NYL did the right thing.  Great postive PR.

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          Posted: August 29, 2013, 6:47 am - IP Logged

          I Was just wondering how much he will pay his lawyer.as sign of good faith giving him $ 100,000 is a good thing to do.

          I Agree!

          There are no born heroes or winners........it takes a hammer a chisel,a vision and a will to suffer the blows and be carved into one!..........

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            Posted: August 29, 2013, 9:23 am - IP Logged

            Looking at the picture Mr. Miles looks like he has cleaned him self upThumbs Up. Hopefully he surrounds himself with the right people to keep him on the right path wishing you well Mr. Miles.

            I Love Pink & Green 1908

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              Posted: August 29, 2013, 9:27 am - IP Logged

              unbelievablePukeThat "Extravaganza" scratch off ticket is $20 ........  where does a crackhead get that kind of money?

              He actually had a job http://www.lotterypost.com/news/260110

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                Posted: August 29, 2013, 10:48 am - IP Logged

                I am extremely happy for this guy, Congratulations Mr. Miles. as stated before you look good and glad you didn't allow your past to determine your present nor future. May Mr. Miles life be full of joy, prosperity, peace, and love.PartyGroup HugHyper

                 

                "We all reap what we sow", so sow wisely!!!Yes Nod

                Pay less, win more & world peaceSee Ya!

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                  Posted: August 29, 2013, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

                  Thats not a very nice thing to say...your just mad it wasnt you....I'm glad he won and anybody that does win to these crooked lottery people.US Flag

                  I fully agree. Was a very meanspirited thing to say!!! Congrats Mr. Miles. May you continue to be blessed.....and stay strong!!!

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                    Posted: August 29, 2013, 12:52 pm - IP Logged

                    yes, good for him, finally we get to hear the good guy won!


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                      Posted: August 29, 2013, 6:44 pm - IP Logged

                      Nearly seven years after a winning $5 million scratch-off lottery ticket was snatched from his hands, Robert Miles of Syracuse, New York, will finally get his money.

                      Lottery officials contacted the district attorney's office with the news today, according to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick. A source in the state lottery office confirmed that the "ticket has been verified" and the money "will be issued to Mr. Miles in the very near future."

                      The winning ticket, a jackpot "Extravaganza" winner, was sold at The Green Ale Market in 2006. It wasn't until 2012 that two brothers, Nayel and Andy Ashkar, went to a state lottery office to try to redeem the ticket.

                      The lottery launched an investigation, finding it suspicious that the ticket had been sold at the market the Ashkars' parents owned, and that the brothers had waited so long to try to make their claim.

                      After the lottery released the news that the Ashkars had the ticket, Robert Miles came forward and said he was the real winner.

                      He said Andy Ashkar had stolen the ticket from him — first telling him that it was only worth $5,000 and giving him $4,000, keeping a cut for the store. The case went to trial and Andy Ashkar was found guilty of possessing stolen property. He was recently sentenced in Onondaga County Court to the maximum sentence of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.

                      Miles, a maintenance worker, testified at the trial. He said he let the ticket slip from his hands seven years ago because he had been addicted to crack cocaine and confused by what had happened to him. He thought that without the ticket, it would be the word of a "crackhead" against a store owner, he testified.

                      Miles filed for bankruptcy in 2008, knowing he should have been a millionaire five times over.

                      Miles could not be immediately reached for comment. His lawyer, Steve Cambareri said Miles had just found out the news and wasn't ready to talk to the press, but was "elated the lottery prize has finally been awarded to him."

                      Cambareri added that it had been "a long time coming."

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                      Happy excited

                      Omg is that MJS (Michael jordons bro lol

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                        Posted: August 30, 2013, 11:19 am - IP Logged

                        Well deserved news and on a special day of the 50th anniversary of the March on DC.  Justice has prevailed.

                        Cheers

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                          Posted: August 30, 2013, 11:48 am - IP Logged

                          Cheers

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                            Posted: August 30, 2013, 2:38 pm - IP Logged

                            The lawyer is getting 1/3 and then IRS taking another chunk and then since scratch tickets are paid out as annuities, then another chunk is slashed. I am curious what the unfortunate guy will end up pocketing.

                            That money's gone fo ever

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                              Posted: August 30, 2013, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

                              The lawyer is getting 1/3 and then IRS taking another chunk and then since scratch tickets are paid out as annuities, then another chunk is slashed. I am curious what the unfortunate guy will end up pocketing.

                              Maringo:

                              Not necessarily. I am not aware of any news on the retainer agreement.  Non-attorneys have this impression due to the commercials on legal representation for accidents, etc., it is always a third.   See the NYSBA rule 1.5 on fees. The state prosecuted Ashkar.  This was not a multiteam litigation that went on for months, involving massive discovery, expert witnesses, etc. The lottery officials did most of the background work.

                              Hopefully his counsel fees  did not exceed $ 200,000 to 400,000. I am sure Miles attorney attended the trial when Miles testified, went with him to any meetings pretrial, and did some hand holding but he was not a co-counsel or responsible for litigating the criminal matter.  The state litigated.

                              J'aime La France.