Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Man steals roommate's $10 million winning lottery ticket

Man steals roommate's $10 million winning lottery ticket

In the days leading up to Christmas, the man, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, bought a $30 Scratcher ticket at a local grocery store in his hometown of Vacaville, Calif. Turns out the ticket is worth $10 million.

The man, whose identity has not been released, returned home, told his roommates about his lucky strike and went to bed.

Yet his glee quickly turned sour after he went to the Lottery's District Office in Sacramento to collect his prize.

Suspecting one of his roommates of stealing the real ticket and replacing it with a fraudulent one, he reported it to the police department. "Adul was told his winning ticket was not worth $10,000 dollars, but was actually worth $10 million dollars!"

Saosongyang was not able to immediately walk away with the prize money. When the Lottery investigator went to the Lucky store in Vacaville to obtain video surveillance footage of the original purchase, they were told the ticket might have be stolen.

A man in California regretted bragging about his winning lottery ticket after police say his roommate stole it and tried to cash it in.

After reviewing police and surveillance video at the place where the winning ticket was found, officials figured out Saosongyang was not the victor, according to NBC News.

Unaware the ticket had been reported stolen, the lottery office began its standard administrative investigation for any winnings of more than $600.

That was when the Lottery investigator and a Vacaville police detective started comparing notes and collaborating on the theft investigation. And all that entailed was waiting at the Sacremento District Lottery Office for him to show up on January 7 to collect his "winnings". Numerous scratch-off winners have later been unmasked for stealing the tickets, either from friends or from the grocery stores where they were employed.

That's the number of dollars he won with a lottery ticket he purchased December 20, a ticket his roommate allegedly stole. In California, grand theft can be classified either as a misdemeanor or a felony, which determines whether a defendant can be sentenced to up to one year in county jail or up to three years in state prison; it wasn't clear which type of charge Saosongyang would face.

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