Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Roommate steals winning lotto ticket in Vacaville CA, police say

Roommate steals winning lotto ticket in Vacaville CA, police say

Beating the odds, the man's ticket turned out to be a victor that he thought would net him $10,000 in time for the holidays, The Washington Post reports.

The lucky victor believed his prize was only in the thousands (AUD$14,000), according to a Vacaville Police Department Facebook post.

"He still wasn't sure so he went back to the same grocery store to have the staff confirm it and they said, 'yes, you're a victor, ' " Polen recounted.

The next day, the real ticket was allegedly presented by the winner's roommate at a lottery office - where he was told the ticket was really worth $10 million, not $10,000. But the ticket he presented was not a victor.

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

However, he found out that his ticket had been altered when he tried to collect his winnings at the Lottery's District Office in Sacramento.

Before he could take home the prize, the lottery reviewed the win, a protocol they follow for all tickets over $600, NBC reported.

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As for the lucky victor of the ticket, Polen said they have been working with lottery officials to see if will get his winnings. He then told his two roommates, one of whom allegedly stole the winning ticket and replaced it with a forgery, police told KTXL.

Presumably the original owner of the ticket will now receive his prize, although this has yet to be confirmed by the California state lottery. "I saw I won $10,000 in this game, ' and he kind of told us some stuff", said Russ Lopez of California Lottery. Turns out he miscounted a few zeros as he actually won $10,000,000.

The Vacaville Police Department nabbed 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang for the crime on Monday, Jan. 7, when he tried to cash in the winnings.

Saosongyang was told he could collect the winnings, but when he arrived he was instead arrested on suspicion of grand theft.

"We have our victim going into the store, which is date and time stamped, of him actually buying the lottery ticket", Polen said.

An investigator lured Saosongyang to the district office by telling him he'd pick up the cash, only to be swiftly arrested by police.

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