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

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

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

Police said Saosongyang's roommate bought a $30 ticket at a grocery store on December 20 and thought he had won $10,000. The ticket turned out to be a victor that the man initially thought was worth $10,000. He excitedly went home to tell his roommate, Saosongyang.

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

Police say 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang stole his roommate's winning $30 scratcher ticket and swapped it with a different one, thinking the ticket was worth $10,000.

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

The roommate immediately grew suspicious after trying to claim his prize, and learning not only was the replacement ticket not a victor, but it had been altered, authorities said.

California police have arrested a man accused of stealing a winning $10m (£7.8m) lottery ticket from his roommate as he slept.

Officials told NPR they believe Saosongyang swapped his roommate's winning ticket with a losing one, while the victim was asleep.

But, the next day, the real ticket surfaced when his roommate, identified as 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, tried to turn in the victor.

Although unaware that the card had been reported as stolen, the win was investigated by the company running the lottery, as is the standard procedure for wins over $600.

And the probe quickly dovetailed with the Vacaville Police Department's investigation into the missing lottery ticket.

"This is when the lottery investigator and a Vacaville PD Detective began comparing notes and working together on this theft investigation", the Facebook post read. Collecting a prize of such a sum involves submitting a detailed claim form, either in person at a district office or else in the mail, according to the state lottery.

Saosongyang was booked into Sacramento County jail on Monday and was transferred to Solano County on Thursday, where he is being held on $65,000 bail.

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