VACAVILLE, CA — A man who purchased a $30 scratch-off ticket before Christmas was delighted to learn that he had won $10,000. Before cashing in his ticket with the California lottery, the man shared the news with his two roommates.
When he went to cash in his ticket, police said the man was told by lottery officials that his ticket was in fact not a winner and had been altered. Suspecting that one of his roommates had stolen the winning ticket, he reported the theft to police in Vacaville.
Police say that just a day later, one of the rommates, identified by cops as Adul Saosongyang, tried to cash in the winning ticket. He was told that the ticket was not worth $10,000, according to police. The winning ticket was in fact worth $10 million.
Lottery officials didn’t know the ticket was reported stolen but as is the case with all winnings over $600, they started an administrative investigation. A lottery investigator went to the store where the ticket had been purchased and obtained video surveillance, according to police. That’s when they were told the ticket might have been stolen.
Police and lottery officials then teamed up in the investigation. Cops said Saosongyang purchased a lottery ticket similar to his roommate’s, altered it and then swapped it for the winning ticket.
When Saosonyang went to cash in on his ticket on Jan. 7, he was arrested by Vacaville police who obtained an arrest warrant for grand theft.
California Lottery officials did not immediately respond to a request for information.
Photo via Vacaville Police
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