Vacaville: Roommate Busted For Stealing Scratcher Lottery Ticket Worth $10M

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Back on December 20th, a Vacaville shopper went to the Lucky Grocery Store on Peabody Rd to purchase a $30 Scratcher Lottery Ticket with hopes of winning a little extra cash for the holidays. The ticket turned out to be a winner – and he thought it was worth $10,000.

He returned home and shared this wonderful news with his 2 roommates.

The next morning he went to the Lottery’s District Office in Sacramento to collect his winnings, but was told his ticket was not only, not a winner, but had been altered. He suspected one of his roommates must have stolen his winning ticket while he was sleeping and immediately reported the theft to the police department. The next day his suspicions were proven true when his 35-year-old roommate, Adul Saosongyang attempted to cash in the winning ticket at the Lottery’s Sacramento District Office. Adul was told his winning ticket was not worth $10,000 dollars, but was actually worth $10 million dollars!

At this point, the Lottery was unaware this ticket had been reported stolen and began their administrative investigation that is done on all winnings over $600. When the Lottery Investigator went to Lucky in Vacaville to obtain video surveillance footage of the original purchase they were told the ticket might be stolen. This is when the Lottery Investigator and a Vacaville PD Detective began comparing notes and working together on this theft investigation. They determined the roommate had purchased a similar Scratcher Lottery Ticket, altered it, and swapped it with the winning ticket.

On Monday, January 7th, the Lottery Investigator invited Adul to the Lottery’s Sacramento District Office to collect his winnings, but instead of him celebrating his big win he was arrested by Vacaville PD Detectives who had obtained an arrest warrant for him for Grand Theft. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail and will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week.

Information provided by Vacaville Police Department


  1. I hope the guy learned a valuable lesson: NEVER SHARE WITH ANYONE THAT YOU WON SOME MONEY VIA THE LOTTERY! NEVER! Not only roommates but also your RELATIVES!

  2. Actually, I would say that one should not even disclose if he or she got money through an inheritance! Just keep it to yourself! If you win a substantial amount in a lottery, change your phone number, tell your lawyer where you could be found and immediately leave town and head for some far away destination but always keep your passport current. Make sure you have a lawyer who is trustworthy. Just disappear!

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