Man Accused Of Stealing $10 Million Lottery Ticket From Roommate

Man Accused Of Stealing $10 Million Lottery Ticket From Roommate

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Adul Saosongyang, 35, is said to have made the switch while his roommate slept, after being told by his roomie that the scratch-off card had landed him $10,000 just before Christmas.

The lottery investigator discovered that the ticket could be a stolen one when they went to the grocery store to obtain video footage of the ticket purchase.

Lo and behold - the next day, Saosongyang attempted to cash in the winning ticket, which he discovered was worth not United States $10,000 as he'd thought, but USA $10 million.

While the investigation revealed that the ticked handed in by Saosongyang was indeed real, it also established that his room-mate was the real victor, the Washington Post writes.

As for the lucky victor of the ticket, Polen said they have been working with lottery officials to see if will get his winnings.

The next day, when he went back to claim his winnings - believed to be $14,000 - the store told him that his ticket was not actually a victor, and had also been tampered with.

On Monday, a lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to the lottery office to collect his winnings, but instead he was arrested by police.

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

"Once we saw that, it was clear what had happened", Polen said. He was told by lottery officials, however, that the ticket wasn't a victor and had been altered.

Meanwhile, for more than three weeks the wronged-man and Sasongyang continued to share a house with the two men behaving as if nothing was amiss. It was worth US$10 million (NZ$15 million).

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

"I would sign the back of the ticket as soon as I knew I won that way I'd have some kind of proof", Amy Grunwald said.

"We have our victim going into the store, which is date and time stamped, of him actually buying the lottery ticket", Polen said.

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

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