Northern California-based Adul Saosongyang became greedy when his roommate came home on December 20 and shared the news that a $30 scratch-off lottery ticket he’d bought in a local grocery store turned out to be a winning ticket.
The lucky winner believed his prize was only in the thousands (AUD$14,000), according to a Vacaville Police Department Facebook post.
But when he attempted to collect his winnings the following morning, he was told his ticket wasn’t a winner and had been altered.
Suspecting that it had been swapped out for a losing ticket by his roommate overnight, he went to the police to report his suspicions.
Lo and behold – the next day, Saosongyang attempted to cash in the winning ticket, which he discovered was worth not US $10,000 as he’d thought, but US $10 million.
At this point, lottery authorities didn’t know Saosongyang had committed the crime and began the standard investigative process for winners of sums over US $600.
The lottery investigator discovered that the ticket could be a stolen one when they went to the grocery store to obtain video footage of the ticket purchase.
“This is when the lottery investigator and a Vacaville PD Detective began comparing notes and working together on this theft investigation,” the Facebook post read.
“They determined the roommate had purchased a similar Scratcher Lottery Ticket, altered it, and swapped it with the winning ticket.”
The Lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to their Sacramento District Office to collect his winnings.
But Vacaville Police Department detectives were ready and waiting to arrest him when he arrived.
The tale is a heady warning to those with nefarious intentions ahead of Australia’s $80 million Powerball lottery jackpot this evening.
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