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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A man convicted of possessing another man's winning $5 million scratch-off lottery ticket has been sentenced in a Syracuse court to up to 25 years in prison.

Local media outlets report that Andy Ashkar of Camillus was sentenced Tuesday morning to 8 1/3 to 25 years for having the ticket that was stolen at his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in October 2006.

The same Onondaga County Court judge who convicted Ashkar in May of criminal possession of stolen property also gave him the maximum sentence, citing his "rapacious greed."

Prosecutors said Ashkar had stolen the winning scratch-off ticket from the real winner, Robert Miles. Lottery officials say they're close to determining whether the ticket belongs to Miles.

Ashkar's brother was cleared of conspiracy charges.