Man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate

Man Learns The $10 Million Reason To Not Tell Roommate If You Win Lottery

This story of crime and punishment began when a man purchased a $30 scratch-off lottery ticket at the Lucky Grocery Store in Vacaville on December 20.

The true victor initially thought his lottery scratchcard, bought at a shop in Vacaville last December, was worth $10,000 (£8,000).

The Lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to their Sacramento District Office to collect his winnings.

He reported the matter to police after suspecting that one of his two roommates had taken the ticket and replaced it with a fraudulent one while he was sleeping, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Vacaville police arrested 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang Monday at a California Lottery office in Sacramento where he'd been told to go to collect his winnings.

But the winning ticket wasn't worth a meager US$10,000, the roommate was told.

Saosongyang was not able to immediately walk away with the prize money.

Alas, when he went to collect his winnings the next morning, he was told his ticket was not a victor, and that it had been altered.

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The following day, the man's roommate, Adul Saosongyang, 35, attempted to turn in the real winning ticket and was informed that the ticket was actually worth $10 million.

Once lottery officials were notified, they lured Saosongyang to the office where he was arrested. Police arrested Saosongyang when he arrived.

The man who actually bought the ticket will be awarded his winnings after lottery investigators verify his identity, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, lottery officials are still investigating the case.

The Lottery investigator began comparing notes with a Vacaville PD detective on the suspected theft. They both determined that Saosongyang allegedly purchased a similar lottery ticket and altered it before swapping it with the winning ticket, according to authorities.

He was booked into Sacramento County Jail and will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week.

"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he concluded in an email to The Washington Post, adding a smiley face.

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