Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

On Monday, a lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to the lottery office to collect his winnings, but instead he was arrested by police. It was then that he learned the ticket was actually worth $10 million, police said. The lucky lottery contestant couldn't contain his excitement.

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

Lottery and police investigators were able to comb surveillance footage to spot the moment when the ticket was bought by its rightful owner.

He would rue the day he ignored the warning of Shakespeare's King Lear to, "Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes".

The man went to collect his jackpot, but was told he was not a victor. 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. He then told his two roommates, one of whom allegedly stole the winning ticket and replaced it with a forgery, police told KTXL.

"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, '" Vacaville Police Department spokesman, Lt. Chris Polen told NPR.

It didn't take long for police to unwind the mystery of the good ticket gone bad.

He suspected one of his roommates must have stolen his winning ticket while he was sleeping and immediately reported the theft to the police department. At that point, it also became clear that the scratchcard wasn't worth $10,000 but instead $10 million (£8million)!

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A 35-year-old California man was supposed to be picking up a $10-million cheque on Monday.

A day later, Saosongyang arrived at the lottery office with the real ticket.

The real victor, who police did not name, purchased the $30 scratcher lottery ticket at the Lucky Grocery Store in the San Francisco Bay area on December 20. Theft of lottery tickets is relatively common.

Although unaware that the card had been reported as stolen, the win was investigated by the company running the lottery, as is the standard procedure for wins over $600. Who had purchased the initial scratch-off game?

But, of all the crappy housemate tales we've heard, this one this one takes the cake as the absolute worst, nearly costing one of his fellow residents a whopping $14 million.

What they uncovered was an elaborate attempt by Saosongyang to seize his roommate's reward.

Saosongyang has been booked into Sacramento County Jail on Grand Theft charges, and will face a court hearing at a later date.

"And we had a discussion with him because he said, 'No, I won".

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