Stolen scratch-off ticket recovered

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Posted at 9:12 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 09:12:20-05

A California man was arrested Monday after police say he replaced his roommate's winning lottery ticket with a fake one and tried to cash in what turned out to be a $10 million ticket.

Police say 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang stole his roommate's winning $30 scratcher ticket and swapped it with a different one, thinking the ticket was worth $10,000.

The roommate immediately grew suspicious after trying to claim his prize, and learning not only was the replacement ticket not a winner, but it had been altered,

The next day his suspicions proved true when Saosongyang tried to claim the winnings.

It was then that he learned the ticket was actually worth $10 million.

The lottery office didn't learn the ticket had been stolen until after it began its standard investigation for any winnings over $600.

They then invited Saosongyang to the lottery office under the premise of awarding the prize.

Police arrested Saosongyang when he arrived.

Saosongyang was charged with grand theft and is being held at the Sacramento County Jail.