Beating the odds, the man's ticket turned out to be a victor that he thought would net him $10,000 in time for the holidays, The Washington Post reports. He returned home to tell his two roommates of his financial success. The next day, when he went to the Lotterys district office in Sacramento, officials told him that the ticket he turned in was not a victor and had in fact been altered.
Adul Saosongyang, 35, allegedly stole a winning scratch-off ticket for a $10 million prize from his roommate, police said. That's when officials noticed all of the extra zeros on the winning scratch-off ticket, noting it was actually worth $10,000,000.
Saosongyang was not able to immediately walk away with the prize money.
But when he took the ticket to the lottery's district office in Sacramento to cash it in, he was told it had been altered and so could not be honored.
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.
After reviewing surveillance video from the store where the winning ticket was purchased, they determined that Saosongyang had purchased a similar ticket, altered it, and swapped it with his roommate's original before trying to claim the prize.
The man who actually bought the ticket will be awarded his winnings after lottery investigators verify his identity, according to the statement.
Although unaware that the card had been reported as stolen, the win was investigated by the company running the lottery, as is the standard procedure for wins over $600.
That's the number of dollars he won with a lottery ticket he purchased December 20, a ticket his roommate allegedly stole.
An investigator lured Saosongyang to the district office by telling him he'd pick up the cash, only to be swiftly arrested by police. "I guess if you know you've got $10 million waiting for you on the other end of it, you can just pretend everything's okay for a little while".
Saosongyang faces a charge of grand theft.