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What Happens When Your Roommate Steals Your $10 Million Winning Lottery Ticket

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On Dec. 20, a man in Vacaville, California, walked into a grocery store, bought a $30 scratch-off lottery ticket, and thought he had won $10,000. He brought the good news home to his two roommates—a grave mistake, those familiar with the back-stabbing–filled history of lottery-related crime would have warned him.

The next day, he drove the 45 miles to Sacramento to claim his winnings. But employees at the California State Lottery district office told him that his ticket had been altered and was not a winner. The man, who has not been named, became suspicious. He went back to the grocery store and then filed a report with police. Later the same day, one of his roommates, a 35-year-old man named Adul Saosongyang, made the same trip to the lottery office, where he cashed a winning ticket—which was actually worth $10 million.

But Saosongyang’s alleged plan unraveled. The supermarket, which the lottery contacted to confirm the winning ticket, said it may have been stolen, and the lottery and Vacaville Police teamed up to investigate. On Monday, the lottery investigator invited Saosongyang back to Sacramento to collect his winnings, but he was instead met by police, who arrested him and charged him with grand theft. The police’s conclusion: Saosongyang had bought a similar scratch-off ticket and secretly swapped it with the winning one.

The story doesn’t end there: The original buyer........

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