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10 January 2019, 07:13 | Darnell Patrick
Man 'stole friend's "$10k" winning lotto ticket then found out it was worth $10m'
Originally thinking the ticket was worth $10,000, the man was eager to spread the good news. He returned home to tell his two roommates of his financial success.
On Monday, a lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to the lottery office to collect his winnings, but instead he was arrested by police.
Suspecting that it had been swapped out for a losing ticket by his roommate overnight, he went to the police to report his suspicions.
The next day, the man's roommate, 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, attempted to cash the real winning ticket at the lottery office, police said.
Lottery officials want to make sure that the true owner of the ticket will still be able to collect his $10 million. The Lottery investigates any winning ticket over $600 and, though Lottery officials did not suspect foul play when Saosongyang brought the stolen ticket in, begin attempting to verify its authenticity.
Police in Northern California said they arrested a man accused of stealing what he thought was a $10,000-winning lottery ticket from his roommate.
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The investigation led lottery officials to view security footage from the Lucky grocery store during the December 20 purchase, which led them to suspect the ticket was stolen.
Lo and behold - the next day, Saosongyang attempted to cash in the winning ticket, which he discovered was worth not USA $10,000 as he'd thought, but United States $10 million.
Police say the victor has not yet received his windfall, as the lottery completes their administrative investigation.
The astonishing story was shared by Vacaville Police Department on its Facebook page. He had purchased a similar scratch card, and then swapped it out for the winning ticket while his unsuspecting roommate was sleeping. But instead of receiving a large check from officals, Saosongyang was instead arrested by Vacaville police who had obtained an arrest warrant for him for grand theft. "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".
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.
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