Man arrested after allegedly stealing his roommate's £8M lottery scratchcard

Frederick Owens
January 10, 2019

The man, who had mistakenly thought he had won $10,000 at first, "returned home and shared this wonderful news with his two roommates", according to investigators.

Vacaville police spokesman Chris Polen told The Washington Post that lottery officials had talked with the victim, though he wasn't certain the man would collect that $10 million.

"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.

But when he went to the Lottery's District Office in Sacramento the next day to claim his prize, he's told the ticket is not only not a victor, it was altered. But when officials examined the ticket, they told him it was not a victor and that it had been altered to make it look like he'd won.

Anf the very next day one of those room-mates, Adul Saosongyang, attempted to cash in the original ticket. That's also when the roommate and suspect learned the scratcher wasn't a $10,000 victor and instead was a $10 million victor.

The following morning, he headed to the closest district office of the California state lottery in Sacramento, but when he arrived he was told by officials that his ticket was worthless.

The lottery then determined Saosongyang had stolen the ticket and altered his roommate's before swapping it out, police allege.

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The California State Lottery reviews all winnings of more than $600.

Police allege that the next day, Saosongyang allegedly took his roommate's winning ticket to the Lottery's Sacramento District Office in an attempt to cash it, NBC News reported. He was told by lottery officials, however, that the ticket wasn't a victor and had been altered.

Saosongyang was invited to "collect his winnings" at a lottery office, where police waited for him.

The alleged forgery even had the wrong winning amount listed: $10,000 instead of $10 million.

Saosongyang was charged with grand theft and is being held at the Sacramento County Jail.

"Then we can give him his money", Lopez said.

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

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