Man arrested after stealing roommate's winning lottery ticket worth $10 million

Adul Saosongyang             
    Vacaville Calif. Police  CBS Sacramento

It was then that he learned the ticket was actually worth $10 million, police said.

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

According to the Vacaville Police Department, after purchasing a $30 California Lottery Scratcher ticket on December 20 from Lucky Grocery Store on Peabody Road, a Vacaville man was excited to learn that he had won $10,000.

The Vacaville Police Department nabbed 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang for the crime on Monday, Jan. 7, when he tried to cash in the winnings.

Adul Saosongyang, 35, is alleged to have switched the card, which he thought was a $10,000 victor, while his roommate slept.

Saosongyang was not able to immediately walk away with the prize money.

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.

As part of their review process, lottery investigators visited the Lucky Grocery Store, where they were informed that the ticket may have been stolen. A police investigator and lottery official then met up and linked the two stories together, the reportedly stolen ticket and Saosongyang's winning scratcher.

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But when he took the ticket to the lottery's district office in Sacramento to cash it in, he was told it had been altered and so could not be honored.

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.

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

The suspected theft was yet to be reported to the Lottery District Office but, as standard procedure for any winnings over $800, the office started conducting their usual security checks on Saosongyang.

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

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

"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he concluded in an email to The Washington Post, adding a smiley face.

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