Man steals $10 million lottery ticket from roommate, but the police were waiting
Adul Saosongyang bought a second ticket and swapped it with the winning one. (Supplied: Vacaville Police Department)
He came up with a plan to steal $US10,000 ($14,000) worth of lottery winnings from his roommate, only to discover the ticket was actually worth $US10 million ($14 million) — and that the police were waiting for him.
- A man stole a winning lottery ticket from his roommate, thinking it was worth $14,000
- It was worth $14 million
- Police were waiting for him when he came to collect his winnings
Adul Saosongyang certainly will not be remembered as a master criminal, but the Vacaville Police Department in California seemed to enjoy bringing him in when his amateurish plan to make off with a large sum of money (much larger than he realised) essentially saw him hand himself in to them.
Bugsy Malone or El Chapo he is not.
The Vacaville PD posted the entire story of his misguided plot and arrest on their Facebook page, along with a picture of him being hauled off by plain-clothes police.
This story of crime and punishment began when a man purchased a $30 scratch-off lottery ticket at the Lucky Grocery Store in Vacaville on December 20.
His punt on a pre-Christmas payout paid off big time with the ticket winning him $US10 million ($14 million).
The man misunderstood the extent of his prize, thinking he had won “just” $US10,000 ($14,000). He went home and shared his happy news with this two roommates.
Alas, when he went to collect his winnings the next morning, he was told his ticket was not a winner, and that it had been altered.
He suspected foul play — that one of his roommates had stolen the ticket in the night — and went to the police.
Those suspicions were justified when, the next day his roommate, Saosangyang, attempted to cash in the ticket.
Saosangyang must have thought all his Christmases had come at once when he was told it was worth $US10 million, not $US10,000.
At this point the Lottery authority was unaware of any nefarious activity and began the usual administrative investigation it does into any large winnings, telling Saosangyang to return to collect his money on January 7.
In the meantime, the Lottery realised something was afoot when they requested video surveillance footage from Lucky Grocery Store and were told the ticket may have been stolen.
The Lottery investigator began comparing notes with a Vacaville PD detective on the suspected theft.
They determined that Saosangyang had, in fact, bought another ticket, altered it, then switched it for his roommate’s winning ticket — all while believing it worth a fraction of what it actually was.
All that was left was for the cops to catch Saosangyang. And all that entailed was waiting at the Sacremento District Lottery Office for him to show up on January 7 to collect his “winnings”.
He did so, and was promptly arrested for grand theft and taken to Sacramento County Jail, bringing to an end one of the least well-executed criminal heists in recent memory.
At the heart of this cautionary tale is a clear message: If you win the lottery, don’t tell your roommates about it.