Man arrested for allegedly stealing roommate’s $10 million winning lottery ticket

Man 'stole friend's

"At some point, he scratches that ticket and realizes he has a victor which he thinks is $10,000", said Lieutenant Chris Polen of the Vacaville Police Department.

Saosongyang went to collect his winnings on Monday in Sacramento but was instead greeted by Vacaville police officers.

"He still wasn't sure so he went back to the same grocery store to have the staff confirm it and they said, 'yes, you're a victor, ' " Polen recounted.

Investigators said the man went to collect his jackpot the next day and was told he was not a victor.

Against the odds, the ticket was a victor.

The following day, his roommate, Mr Saosongyang, reported to the Lottery's Sacramento district office, where investigators began their routine investigation as they do with all winnings over $600. It was also at this point that Saosongyang learned the real value of the ticket was $10 million.

Saosongyang was invited to "collect his winnings" at a lottery office, where police waited for him.

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The following morning, he headed to the closest district office of the California state lottery in Sacramento, but when he arrived he was told by officials that his ticket was worthless.

Presumably the original owner of the ticket will now receive his prize, although this has yet to be confirmed by the California state lottery.

The man misunderstood the extent of his prize, thinking he had won "just" $US10,000 ($14,000).

His punt on a pre-Christmas payout paid off big time with the ticket winning him $US10 million ($14 million). "I saw I won $10,000 in this game.' And, he kind of told me some stuff", said Russ Lopez with the California Lottery.

The Vacaville Police Department arrested Adul Saosongyang, 35, on grand theft charges for allegedly stealing a Scratcher lottery ticket his roommate bought for $30.

The post continues: "He was booked into Sacramento County Jail and will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week". Together, they found that Saosongyang had allegedly purchased a similar ticket to his roommate's, altered it and swapped it for the winning ticket.

Meanwhile, Polen, the police spokesman, said lottery officials were discussing the winnings with the victim.

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