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NY Brothers Wait Six Years to Claim $5 Million Dollar Jackpot

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Two brothers from Syracuse, N.Y., have finally admitted they won $5 million on a lottery scratch ticket -- six years ago.

Andy Ashkar bought the ticket at his parents' store, and when he found out he'd won, he agreed to split the jackpot with his brother.  But they agreed they wouldn't tell a soul until just short of the deadline to redeem the prize, which was March 1.

With the secret finally off the Ashkar brothers' chests, a lottery official quoted by the Post-Standard Tuesday explained the now-married Ashkar didn't want his then-budding relationship or any other aspect of his life to be affected by the dough until he was good and ready.

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