(NBC News) A Long Island convenience store owner and his son, accused of duping a customer who spoke limited English out of a $1 million winning lottery ticket, were charged on Saturday with grand larceny.
The 34-year-old Hispanic man bought a $10 "Unwrap The Cash" scratch-off game at the Peninsula Deli & Grocery in Hempstead, New York, on Thursday and after playing the game, believed he was a winner, Nassau County Police said.
He handed the card to store clerk Karim Jaghab, 26, the son of deli owner Nabil Jaghab, 57, police said.
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The clerk confirmed the win by scanning the card and receiving a message from the New York State Lottery which read, "File Claim: Jackpot Winner - Please Return Original Ticket To The Customer Along With A Claim Receipt," police said.
Instead, Jaghab told the victim he won $1,000 and paid him in cash.