Man arrested for allegedly stealing roommate's $10 million lottery ticket

Man 'stole friend's

California man arrested for stealing roommate's $10m lottery ticket

Initially, the victor thought it was worth $10,000.

Turns out, according to Vacaville police, the man's ticket was not his ticket.

A California Lottery spokesman told NBC News on Wednesday that "the potential owner of the ticket has come forward, but we can not say he is the victor until after our investigation". But the ticket he presented was not a victor.

Officials told NPR they believe Saosongyang swapped his roommate's winning ticket with a losing one, while the victim was asleep. That's when he learned that the scratch off wasn't $10,000 but was actually worth $10 million.

He suspected foul play - that one of his roommates had stolen the ticket in the night - and went to the police.

That same day, Adul Saosongyang, the now-devastated man's roommate, made the same trip to the Lottery District Office, hoping to collect the $10,000.

The California Lottery automatically launches an administrative investigation for any winnings over $600.

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Russ Lopez, a spokesman for the California Lottery, told NPR the case of the $10 million scratch-off ticket is not quite over.

As part of their review process, lottery investigators visited the Lucky Grocery Store, where they were informed that the ticket may have been stolen.

They concluded that Saosongyanghad purchased the same type of $30 ticket, altered it slightly and switched it with the legit winning card.

The California Lottery confirmed in a statement that the theft of the $10 million prize money was thwarted and reminded players to take precautions when playing the lotto. But being told it was in the millions, he was also informed by officials that his ticket was not a victor and may have been altered.

The next day, his suspicions were confirmed when his roommate, identified as 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, attempted to cash in the winning ticket at the same Sacramento office.

"And we had a discussion with him because he said, 'No, I won".

On Monday, the lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to the Sacramento office to collect his winnings, but he was arrested and charged with grand theft instead, police said.

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