Man Accused Of Stealing Roommate's $10M Winning Scratchcard

A man stole his roommate's winning lottery ticket worth $10million, cops say.

Adul Saosongyang, 35, is alleged to have switched the card, which he thought was a $10,000 winner, while his roommate slept.

When he woke, the roommate took the card to a shop in an attempt to collect his winning but was told that it wasn't a winner. However, he started to get suspicious that the card may have been nicked and contacted police.

Cops say he stole the winning card from his roommate. Credit: Vacaville Police Department
Cops say he stole the winning card from his roommate. Credit: Vacaville Police Department

The following day, Saosongyang attempted to cash in the ticket, where he was told by the shop-worker that it was actually a whopping $10million winner, 10,000 times more what he and the card's owner believed it to be worth.

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.

After getting hold of CCTV footage from the store the card was bought from, the Lottery Investigator and cops from Vacaville Police Department worked together to get to the bottom of what had happened.

They concluded that Saosongyanghad purchased the same type of $30 ticket, altered it slightly and switched it with the legit winning card.

Unawares of all this, Saosongyang was told he'd be able to collect his winnings on 7 January from the Lottery Sacramento's headquarters in California. But when he arrived, he was arrested by waiting cops.


Vacaville Police Department shared the bizarre 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."

The post continues: "He was booked into Sacramento County Jail and will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week."

The post has attracted over 1,000 'likes' as well as hundreds of comments from people, with many praising cops for their swift investigation and arrest.

Presumably the card has since been reunited with its rightful owner, who can cash it and put the whole thing behind him.

Featured Image Credit: Vacaville Police Department

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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