Vacaville Man Accused of Stealing Lotto Ticket Worth $10M from Roommate

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

The Vacaville man who originally purchased the ticket on December 20 at a Lucky grocery store said he bought it hoping to win some extra cash for the holidays, according to police.

But the ticket turned out to be a victor, and promised to flood his bank account with US$10,000 (NZ$15,000), or so he thought.

Confused, the man suspected his winning ticket had been swapped for a dud by one of his roommates and reported the incident to the police.

Saosongyang was not able to immediately walk away with the prize money. The Lottery investigates any winning ticket over $600 and, though Lottery officials did not suspect foul play when Saosongyang brought the stolen ticket in, begin attempting to verify its authenticity.

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Authorities announced on Tuesday that the recent investigation into a stolen scratcher lottery ticket led to an arrest and the discovery that the recovered ticket was actually worth $10 million.

However, no one let Saosongyang know that until Monday, when he was invited to the lottery office, presumably to collect his winnings.

Adul Saosongyang certainly will not be remembered as a master criminal, but the Vacaville Police Department in California seemed to enjoy bringing him in when his amateurish plan to make off with a large sum of money (much larger than he realised) essentially saw him hand himself in to them.

The officials were told at the Lucky Grocery Store, where the ticket was purchased, that it might have been stolen.

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"This is when the lottery investigator and a Vacaville PD Detective began comparing notes and working together on this theft investigation", the Facebook post read. Police arrested Saosongyang when he arrived.

When Saosongyang returned on 9 January, expecting to pick up his winning cheque, he was instead met by local police, who arrested him on suspicion of grand theft and took him to Scaramento county jail.

They concluded that Saosongyanghad purchased the same type of $30 ticket, altered it slightly and switched it with the legit winning card. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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