A man stole his roommate's winning lottery ticket worth $10million, cops say. It was then that he learned the ticket was actually worth $10 million, police said. According to investigators, he was not only told that his ticket was not a victor, but also that it had been altered.
But, the next day, the real ticket surfaced when his roommate, identified as 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, tried to turn in the victor.
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.
Lottery officials began the standard process of investigating the ticket, which includes filling out a victor claim form. The next morning, he went to the Sacramento district office of the California State Lottery to collect his prize, but officials said his ticket was worthless.
An investigator lured Saosongyang to the district office by telling him he'd pick up the cash, only to be swiftly arrested by police. The ticket, in fact, turned out to be worth $10 million.
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Police in Vacaville, about 35 miles (56km) outside Sacramento, detailed the man's alleged plot against his now-former roommate in their viral Facebook post. He returned home and shared the news with his two roommates, police said.
Suspecting that it had been swapped out for a losing ticket by his roommate overnight, he went to the police to report his suspicions.
They then invited Saosongyang to the lottery office under the premise of awarding the prize. Part of the investigation included viewing the surveillance cameras at the store where the ticket was purchased.
Authorities determined Saosongyang had purchased a similar Scratcher ticket, altered it and swapped it with victims winning ticket. In California, grand theft can be classified either as a misdemeanor or a felony, which determines whether a defendant can be sentenced to up to one year in county jail or up to three years in state prison; it wasn't clear which type of charge Saosongyang would face.
"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he told the newspaper.