Man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate

Man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate

California resident Adul Saosongyang, 35, was arrested for allegedly stealing his roommate's $10 million scratch-off lottery ticket and trying to cash it, police said. A ticket worth an incredible $10 million!

The next day, he took the ticket to the lottery's district office in Sacramento to cash it in but he was met with the news that the ticket could not be redeemed because it was not a victor.

The next day, the real ticket was allegedly presented by the winner's roommate at a lottery office - where he was told the ticket was really worth $10 million, not $10,000.

The real victor, who police did not name, purchased the $30 scratcher lottery ticket at the Lucky Grocery Store in the San Francisco Bay area on December 20.

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

Adul Saosongyang, 35, was invited to the district lottery office to collect his winnings but was arrested upon arrival.

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

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.

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And the probe quickly dovetailed with the Vacaville Police Department's investigation into the missing lottery ticket. But instead of receiving a large check from officals, Saosongyang was instead arrested by Vacaville police who had obtained an arrest warrant for him for grand theft.

The man, whose identity has not been released, returned home, told his roommates about his lucky strike and went to bed.

Lottery officials began their administrative investigation that is done on all winnings over $600.

The Lottery investigator began comparing notes with a Vacaville PD detective on the suspected theft.

Saosongyang, thinking his friend had won "only" $10,000, swapped it for a non-winning ticket, SFGate reports.

Saosongyang was booked into the 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 told the newspaper.

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