Man accused of stealing $10M lottery ticket from roommate

Man 'stole friend's

Man 'stole friend's "$10k" winning lotto ticket then found out it was worth $10m'

It was December 20, and the city of about 100,000, located midway between Sacramento and San Francisco, was festooned with white lights and toy reindeer.

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 lucky lottery contestant couldn't contain his excitement.

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".

After further investigation by a lottery investigator and detective police department, it also found that Saosongyang purchased a similar ticket, had it altered and swapped with the original ticket. But the ticket he presented was not a victor.

Adul Saosongyang, 35, from Vacaville, west of Sacramento, was arrested on Monday when he tried to cash in on the stolen ticket. He then told his two roommates, one of whom allegedly stole the winning ticket and replaced it with a forgery, police told KTXL.

Vacaville police say Adul Saosongyang, 35, was taken into custody as he attempted to claim the prize on Monday.

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".

It was then that he learned the ticket was, in fact, worth $10 million, not $10,000. However, the ticket was actually worth $10 million.

Lottery officials began the standard process of investigating the ticket, which includes filling out a victor claim form.

"Immediately sign the back of Lottery tickets in ink; put them in a secure place you will remember; and, visit one of nine Lottery district offices throughout the state to begin the claims process", the statement advised.

Rewind the clock back to December and one Vacaville, California, resident made a decision to buy a lottery ticket in the hope of scoring some extra money to see him through the costly Christmas period.

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