Note To Lottery Winners: Don't Tell Roommates You Won $10 Million

Pauline Gross
January 10, 2019

A California man has been arrested after allegedly trying to steal his roommate's lottery winnings.

When the man realized he won, he said he thought it was worth $10,000.

Suspecting that one of his roommates had purloined the winning ticket while he was sleeping, the man went to the local police department, which recounted the episode Tuesday on Facebook.

After further investigation by a lottery investigator and detective police department, it also found that Saosongyang purchased a similar ticket, had it altered and swapped with the original ticket.

Lottery officials began their administrative investigation that is done on all winnings over $600. In the process of their inquiries, they quickly discovered the ticket had been reported stolen.

When inspectors went to the store where the winning ticket was originally purchased, they were informed of the reported theft and, thanks to video surveillance, noticed a discrepancy with the shopper's identity.

Vacaville police spokesman Chris Polen told The Washington Post that lottery officials had talked with the victim, though he wasn't certain the man would collect that $10 million. That's also when the roommate and suspect learned the scratcher wasn't a $10,000 victor and instead was a $10 million victor.

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The lottery is a magnet for elaborate scams.

What they uncovered was an elaborate attempt by Saosongyang to seize his roommate's reward.

That's the number of dollars he won with a lottery ticket he purchased December 20, a ticket his roommate allegedly stole.

On Monday, the investigator summoned Saosongyang to the Sacramento office to collect his winnings.

He was led to believe he would be able to collect the enormous sum on January 7 - but was arrested on turning up at Lottery Sacramento's California headquarters to do so, with police even sharing a photo of the moment he was led off to face justice.

"And we had a discussion with him because he said, 'No, I won".

The Lottery then called Saosongyang in - under the guise of collecting his winnings - only to arrest him on the grounds of Grand Theft. He said he couldn't be certain that the man would receive payment.

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