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Andy Ashkar Waits 6 Years to Claim Lotto Win to Make Sure Wife Loves Him, Not Money

| by Michael Allen

Andy Ashkar won a New York lottery prize six years ago, but waited until March 1 of this year to claim his $5 million ticket.

Ashkar wanted to make sure that his fiancee married him for love and not his money, reports the Daily Mail.

Ashkar claimed his money eleven days before his $5 million Extravaganza scratch-off prize would have expired, according to the New York Lottery.

Ashkar bought the ticket with his brother Nayel at their parents' convenience store in Syracuse, New York, in 2006.

Ashkar told lottery officials that he didn't want the lottery win to influence his engagement and marriage.

Nayel Ashkar's wife, Sara, who apparently passed her husband's test, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse on Tuesday: "It's crazy. Hard to believe. It's still sinking in."

Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said that tickets for scratch-off games expire a year after a game is retired. The Extravaganza game was retired on March 12, 2011.

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