VACAVILLE (CBS13) — A Vacaville man is suspected of stealing his roommate’s $10 million jackpot-winning lottery ticket and trying to claim the prize for himself.
The Vacaville man says that on December 20, he bought the $30 scratcher lottery ticket from a grocery store on Peabody Road in Vacaville. It turned out to be a $10,000 winner…he thought. Excited about his good fortune, he went home and told his roommates, according to a statement from the Vacaville Police Department.
The next day, the man went to the lottery’s district office in Sacramento to collect his winnings only to find the ticket, he thought was his, was a fake and had been altered to resemble the actual winning ticket, say police. Suspecting one of his roommates stole the real ticket and swapped it with the doctored one, he called police.
One day later, one of the man’s roommates, 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, went to the lottery office and used the real winning ticket to try to claim the winnings. It was then that the ticket’s $10 million value was discovered.
Police working with lottery officials determined Saosongyang had purchased a similar scratcher, altered it, and swapped it with the roommate’s ticket, they say.
Saosongyang was invited to the lottery office on January 7 to collect his winnings, but when he arrived, instead of being handed the money, he was arrested by Vacaville Police Department detectives on suspicion of grand theft.