Vacaville Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $10M Winning Lottery Ticket From Roommate

Leroy Wright
January 10, 2019

Police in Vacaville say a man stole a lottery scratcher worth $10 million from his roommate. The suspect was informed that the winning ticket was actually worth $10 million.

Vacaville Police Department shared the weird story on its Facebook page where they wrote: "The Lottery Investigator invited Adul to the Lottery's Sacramento District Office to collect his winnings, but instead of him celebrating his big win he was arrested by Vacaville PD Detectives who had obtained an arrest warrant for him for Grand Theft".

As for the lucky victor of the ticket, Polen said they have been working with lottery officials to see if will get his winnings.

A police investigator and lottery official then met up and linked the two stories together, the reportedly stolen ticket and Saosongyang's winning scratcher.

Investigators said it was December 20 when a Vacaville grocery store shopper purchased a $30 scratcher in the hopes of winning a little extra cash for the holidays.

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. The next day, when he went to the Lotterys district office in Sacramento, officials told him that the ticket he turned in was not a victor and had in fact been altered.

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Suspecting that one of his roommates had purloined the winning ticket while he was sleeping, the man went to the local police department, which recounted the episode Tuesday on Facebook.

And the probe quickly dovetailed with the Vacaville Police Department's investigation into the missing lottery ticket. "Adul was told his winning ticket was not worth $10,000 dollars, but was actually worth $10 million dollars!"

However, no one let Saosongyang know that until Monday, when he was invited to the lottery office, presumably to collect his winnings.

Saosongyang, thinking his friend had won "only" $10,000, swapped it for a non-winning ticket, SFGate reports.

Saosongyang was arrested for grand theft and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he concluded in an email to The Washington Post, adding a smiley face.

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