A Long Island man and his son are accused of attempting to scam a customer out of a winning lottery ticket, allegedly trying to pay a customer only $1,000 for a $1 million jackpot.
Nabil Jaghab, 57, owner of Peninsula Deli & Grocery in Hempstead, and his son, 26-year-old Karim Jaghab, are being charged with grand larceny, after a customer purchased a $1 million lottery ticket from the younger Jaghab, a store clerk, on Thursday. Jaghab allegedly scanned it and discovered it was a $1 million jackpot winner; he was supposed to give the customer, a 34-year-old man who did not speak English, the $10 "Unwrap the Scratch" ticket back along with the original receipt, but authorities say he instead told the customer he had won $1,000 and tried to give it to him in cash.
The customer told cops he returned on Friday to confront Jaghab about the ticket, but the clerk allegedly told him he would pay him $10,000 if he didn't go to the police. The elder Jaghab also allegedly told the customer, "You only won $10,000."
Both Jaghabs were arrested and arraigned today; their attorney claims his clients did not mean to deceive the customer, but the lottery machine at their store was not working properly.