Thursday, 14 November, 2019

California man allegedly stole winning $10M lottery ticket from roommate

Adul Saosongyang 35 is accused of stealing his roommate's winning scratch card Adul Saosongyang 35 is accused of stealing his roommate's winning scratch card
Deanna Wagner | 10 January, 2019, 07:08

The true victor initially thought his lottery scratchcard, bought at a shop in Vacaville last December, was worth $10,000 (£8,000). He returned home and shared the news with his two roommates, police said.

Police also have a video of 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, the victim's roommate, going into the store hours later to buy a ticket.

He would rue the day he ignored the warning of Shakespeare's King Lear to, "Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes". But the ticket he presented was not a victor.

The roommate felt Saosongyang was responsible and learned he was actually doing his own paperwork to collect the $10 million.

Suspecting that it had been swapped out for a losing ticket by his roommate overnight, he went to the police to report his suspicions.

And the probe quickly dovetailed with the Vacaville Police Department's investigation into the missing lottery ticket.

It didn't take long for police to unwind the mystery of the good ticket gone bad.

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The man was arrested because the lottery ticket he was trying to claim had allegedly been stolen from his roommate, investigators in Vacaville, Calif., say. He was told it was worth $10 million, not $10,000. However, the ticket was actually worth $10 million.

"At some point during the night, the altered ticket and a winning ticket was exchanged", Polen said. Lottery officials then invited Saosongyang to its office under the premise of awarding the prize.

A California man stole his roommate's $10million lottery ticket - and replaced with a fake to try to claim the prize for himself, police say. Theft of lottery tickets is relatively common. Numerous scratch-off winners have later been unmasked for stealing the tickets, either from friends or from the grocery stores where they were employed.

"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. Who was responsible for the ticket presented the following day?

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

Adul Saosongyang, 35, was arrested on warrant for grand theft in California on Monday.

He remains jailed and it's unclear if he has an attorney.