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

Blanche Robertson
January 10, 2019

Adul Saosongyang, 35, was arrested and charged with grand theft after stealing his roommate's winning ticket, the Vacaville Police Department said Tuesday. Beating the odds, the man's ticket turned out to be a victor that he thought would net him $10,000 in time for the holidays, The Washington Post reports.

The next day, the man's roommate, 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, attempted to cash the real winning ticket at the lottery office, police said. He was told by lottery officials, however, that the ticket wasn't a victor and had been altered.

The lottery office didn't learn the ticket had been stolen until after it began its standard investigation for any winnings over $600, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The unidentified victim bought the $30 Scratchers ticket at a Lucky supermarket in Vacaville, about 45 miles southwest of Sacramento, according to the Vacaville Police Department.

The lottery investigator discovered that the ticket could be a stolen one when they went to the grocery store to obtain video footage of the ticket purchase.

The man who actually bought the ticket will be awarded his winnings after lottery investigators verify his identity, according to the statement.

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He suspected foul play - that one of his roommates had stolen the ticket in the night - and went to the police.

His punt on a pre-Christmas payout paid off big time with the ticket winning him $US10 million ($14 million).

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

This is when the Lottery Investigator and a Vacaville PD Detective began comparing notes and working together on this 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".

Saosongyang was booked into Sacramento County Jail and will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week, Vacaville Police said.

"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he told the newspaper.

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