Two Palestinian brothers have claimed a $5m (£3.1m) lottery prize for a ticket they bought at their parents’ store in the US six years ago.
Andy Ashkar, 34, and his brother Nayel Ashkar, 36, came forward with the winning ticket in March, just 11 days before the top prize in the “$500,000,000 Extravaganza” lottery would have expired, the New York Lottery said.
Andy Ashkar said he bought the ticket at his parents’ store in Syracuse in 2006 and decided to share the winnings with his brother, officials said.
The agency said the younger brother said he waited so long to claim his prize because he was concerned the windfall could “negatively influence” his life if he didn’t plan properly before being publicly introduced as the winner.
Andy Ashkar also told lottery officials that he also didn’t want the windfall to influence his engagement and subsequent marriage.