Two Syracuse, NY brothers, Andy and Nayel Ashkar, have claimed the $5 million prize that Andy won from a scratch-off lottery ticket… six years ago.
Andy Ashkar purchased the ticket from his parent’s convenience store in 2006 and has decided to share the money with his brother. He turned in the ticket to collect his winnings on March 1, just 11 days before the card would have expired, nullifying his prize. The lottery organization has conducted an investigation to make sure no fraud has been committed and they’re now prepared to turn over the cash.
Andy Ashkar says he hesitated to collect the money because he didn’t want the money to ”negatively influence” his life. “Andy Ashkar also told lottery officials that he also didn’t want the windfall to influence his engagement and subsequent marriage,” the AP reports.
It’s hard to come up with many ways that a lot of free money would change your life for the worse, but it’s not unheard of. Still, would you wait six years to claim a multi-million-dollar prize? And would you share it? Let us know in the comments.