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      Judge dismisses grand larceny charges against two brothers accused of stealing winning $5 million lottery ticket

      Nayel Ashkar

      A judge has dismissed attempted grand larceny charges against two brothers accused of stealing a winning $5 million scratch-off lottery ticket from a New York man, ruling that the alleged theft was beyond the statute of limitations.

      The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports Tuesday that the Onondaga County Court judge upheld other charges brought against Andy Ashkar and Nayel Ashkar.

      Prosecutors say the brothers took the winning ticket from a customer who bought it at their father's Syracuse convenience store in October 2006. Officials say Andy Ashkar told the customer he had won $5,000 and gave him $4,000 for the ticket.

      The Ashkars waited until March 2012 to claim the jackpot at the state lottery office.

      The brothers still face conspiracy charges and are scheduled to go on trial next week.