A reversal of fortune tonight for a lottery winner who hit a $1 million jackpot. The problem is, he was told he'd only one 1,000. Abc's rob nelson reports tonight, it's time to pay up. Reporter:... See More
A reversal of fortune tonight for a lottery winner who hit a $1 million jackpot. The problem is, he was told he'd only one 1,000. Abc's rob nelson reports tonight, it's time to pay up. Reporter: Tonight, two employees, nabil and karim jaghab, father and son, accused of trying to scam a new york man out of his lottery prize and keep the money for themselves. The 34-year-old victim purchased a $10 unwrap the cash lottery ticket from this long island deli and was told by the suspects he had won $1,000 when that ticket was really worth $1 million. The unidentified ticket winner became suspicious friday and called police. Father and son are charged with grand larceny. The son in handcuffs saying it's a mistake. Honest mistake. Reporter: Their lawyer blaming a malfunctioning lotto machine. Further investigation is needed on this. Reporter: Such scams are more common than you think. Last november, two brothers were accused of scamming a syracuse man out of a $5 million winning ticket. They allegedly told the real winner it was worth just five grand. Officials say there are simple ways to protect yourself. Don't hand over your ticket. Use the machine you see in most stores to see if you're a winner. And sign the back of your winning ticket so others cannot claim it. Good advise to remember. Now the gaming commission for new york state says, quote, we stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement. Meantime, the father and son in this story, david, they have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Reporter: They say it was a mistake. Reporter: We'll see what the court may say. Rob, thank you. Now to a different mystery
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