Northern California man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate

Northern California man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate

On Monday Mr Saosongyang was "invited" to come collect his stolen winnings, investigators say, "but instead of him celebrating his big win he was arrested". The ticket turned out to be a victor that the man initially thought was worth $10,000. The lucky lottery contestant couldn't contain his excitement.

Thrilled, the man went home and shared the good news with his two roommates.

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".

The man shared his happy news with his two roommates, but the following day, when he went to collect his money, he was told the ticket was not a victor and had been tampered with. But the ticket he presented was not a victor.

California resident Adul Saosongyang, 35, was arrested for allegedly stealing his roommate's $10 million scratch-off lottery ticket and trying to cash it, police said.

Immediately suspecting that his housemates might have done a dodgy on him, the shopper reported the theft to the local police department.

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Vacaville police arrested 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang Monday at a California Lottery office in Sacramento where he'd been told to go to collect his winnings.

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

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.

According to the station, lottery officials were unaware at that point that the ticket had been reported stolen but began the routine investigation that they conduct on all winnings over $600.

A man living in Vacaville, California, purchased a $30 scratch-off lottery ticket from a Lucky grocery store on December 20.

If you're wondering 'how is it even possible to cost your housemate that much money?', the answer lies with a very desirable lottery ticket. But cases like this show that the high-stakes contest can also motivate more petty forms of personal betrayal. This is when the Lottery Investigator and a Vacaville PD Detective began comparing notes and working together on this theft investigation. Who had purchased the initial scratch-off game? And who was destined for the US$10 million?

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