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Man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate

10 January 2019

"At some point, he scratches that ticket and realizes he has a victor which he thinks is $10,000", said Lieutenant Chris Polen of the Vacaville Police Department.

He told his two roommates about the win and tried to claim his prize the next morning.

The Lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to their Sacramento District Office to collect his winnings.

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. That's when officials noticed all of the extra zeros on the winning scratch-off ticket, noting it was actually worth $10,000,000.

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

Lottery officials then conducted a routine investigation into the winnings, and after learning the ticket may have been stolen, worked with police to determine what had happened.

Adul Saosongyang, 35, was arrested on January 7 for allegedly stealing a California Scratchers Lottery ticket worth $10 million dollars from his roommate.

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.

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Still in shock, the victor, who has not been identified, went to the local grocery store where the ticket was purchased to confirm his big win, police told the outlet.

The lottery office didn't learn the ticket had been stolen until after it began its standard investigation for any winnings over $600.

Adul Saosongyang certainly will not be remembered as a master criminal, but the Vacaville Police Department in California seemed to enjoy bringing him in when his amateurish plan to make off with a large sum of money (much larger than he realised) essentially saw him hand himself in to them. He found out that the prize was not just $10,000 but actually $10 million.

Suspecting Saosongyang was involved, he alerted police.

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

Adul Saosongyang, 35, was arrested and charged with grand theft.

"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he told the newspaper.

Man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate