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Trial begins for brothers accused of lottery scam

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The trial of two brothers accused of a multi-million dollar lottery scam has gotten underway.

Andy and Nayel Ashkar are accused of conspiracy.

Prosecutors say that back in 2006, they tricked a customer at their father's convenience store into giving up a $5 million scratch-off ticket.

On Monday, a lottery official testified against the two brothers, saying that the men got angry when questioned about the ticket last year.

At one point, the official said that Nayel Ashkar threatened to rip up the ticket and asked an investigator if he was being accused of something.

The brothers have waived a jury trial, meaning that judge will make the decision in the case.

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