California man steals $10K lottery ticket; ends up worth $10M

Clay Curtis
January 10, 2019

The ticket turned out to be a victor that the man initially thought was worth $10,000.

Adul Saosongyang, 35, is said to have made the switch while his roommate slept, after being told by his roomie that the scratch-off card had landed him $10,000 just before Christmas.

The next morning, the lucky man set out to collect his fortune at the Lottery's District Office in Sacramento. It was worth US$10 million (NZ$15 million).

A California man stole his roommate's $10million lottery ticket - and replaced with a fake to try to claim the prize for himself, police say.

Adul Saosongyang, 35, is accused of stealing his roommate's winning scratch card and trying to cash in for United States $10 million.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Vacaville Police said that an investigation had "determined the roommate had purchased a similar Scratcher Lottery Ticket, altered it, and swapped it with the winning ticket".

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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.

Alas, when he went to collect his winnings the next morning, he was told his ticket was not a victor, and that it had been altered. 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. But cases like this show that the high-stakes contest can also motivate more petty forms of personal betrayal. And who was destined for the US$10 million? When he arrived, he was arrested.

When Saosongyang returned on 9 January, expecting to pick up his winning cheque, he was instead met by local police, who arrested him on suspicion of grand theft and took him to Scaramento county jail.

He remains jailed and it's unclear if he has an attorney.

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. "I guess if you know you've got $10 million waiting for you on the other end of it, you can just pretend everything's okay for a little while".

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