VACAVILLE, Calif. (KRON) – A California man won $10 million on a scratcher lottery ticket — only to have it stolen by his roommate, police say.
The Vacaville Police Department says the lucky winner bought a $30 lottery ticket on Dec. 20 at a grocery store on Peabody Road — and believed he had won $10,000. The man went home and told his roommates, police say. The next day, he took his ticket to the lottery office in Sacramento, where officials told him his ticket was not a winner and that it had been altered. The man believed one of his roommates had stolen his winning ticket, so he filed a report with police.
The following day, police say the man’s roommate tried to cash in the actual winning ticket at the same Sacramento lottery office — and was told the ticket was worth $10 million.
After investigating the ordeal, police say the man’s roommate, 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, had purchased another scratcher lottery ticket, altered it and switched it out for his roommate’s winning lottery ticket.
When the suspect went to collect his winnings, he was met by Vacaville police officers who arrested the man on a grand theft charge.
It’s unclear whether the original lottery winner will be able to collect his winnings — police say state lottery officials are still conducting an administrative investigation.