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California man charged with stealing roommate's $10 million lottery ticket released from custody

Jul 8, 2019, 6:02 pm

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A 35-year-old Vacaville, California, man who police say stole his roommate's lottery ticket worth $10 million late last year has been released from custody.

Court and Solano County Jail records on Friday indicated only that Adul Saosongyang had been relegated to a "local commitment" under the state Penal Code, but the status of his case remains unclear.

Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez had scheduled a jury trial for 9 a.m. June 26 but clerks with the Solano County Sheriff's Office told The Reporter on Friday he had been released on June 25. Neither court nor jail records indicated if and when Saosongyang would return to court or why he was released.

During previous proceedings, Deputy Public Defender Sara Johnson successfully argued a reduction in Saosongyang's bail, from $65,000 to $25,000. She noted the main allegation, grand theft, was a property crime, not a violent one.

Saosongyang has pleaded not guilty to the main charge and that of receiving stolen property.

According to Vacaville police, on Dec. 20, the victim bought a $30 Scratchers lottery ticket at the Lucky supermarket on Peabody Road in Vacaville, hoping to win some money for the holidays. It was a winner, indeed, and he thought the prize was worth $10,000.

(See California man learns $10 million reason not to tell your roommate if you win the lottery, Lottery Post, Jan. 9, 2019.)

After his telling roommates, including Saosongyang, about his good fortune, he stashed the ticket in a jacket pocket, then fell asleep.

The next morning the victim visited the California Lottery's district office in Sacramento only to find his ticket not only wasn't a winner but two of the numbers also had been altered, police said.

Suspecting his roommates of foul play while he slept, the victim notified Vacaville police.

The next day, Saosongyang attempted to claim the prize money at the same Sacramento lottery office, where he was told it was worth $10 million, not $10,000.

Following their custom and practice, lottery officials immediately began a routine investigation to verify all winnings over $600.

At the Vacaville Lucky store, a lottery investigator was told the ticket might be stolen. At that point, the lottery investigator and a Vacaville police detective began working together on an apparent theft investigation, police said. 

Shortly afterward, lottery and police officials determined the roommate had purchased a similar Scratchers ticket, altered it, then swapped it with the multimillion-dollar winner.

The lottery investigator then invited Saosongyang to the Sacramento office to collect on the ticket. Once there, Vacaville detectives arrested him on a warrant for grand theft. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail, then transferred to Solano County Jail in Fairfield.

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5 comments. Last comment 2 years ago by Nikkicute.
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United States
Member #163182
January 22, 2015
2699 Posts

Some roommate!   Someone remind me whatever happened to the winnings, please.

    music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
    Fresno, California
    United States
    Member #157849
    August 2, 2014
    3959 Posts

    Some roommate!   Someone remind me whatever happened to the winnings, please.

    Bluedog101, You answer is in the related stories near the top of this story. The original story is dated Jan. 9, 2019  The last three sentences have your answer.

     We all learned our lessons from this case and the criminal got a taste of jail.

     The California Lottery is protecting the players. 

     "We are all in this together!" 

      reddog's avatar - reddog 20avatar.jpg
      Durham, North Carolina
      United States
      Member #1616
      June 5, 2003
      3624 Posts

      I guess they shook hands and made up.

      Taking it one drawing at a time.

        * In hot pursuit of $ *
        White Shores- California
        United States
        Member #136471
        December 12, 2012
        6728 Posts

        So Adul's attorney is saying" if you pickpocketed, its okay, just as long as your money is not physically removed from the wallet itself?" In other words, since Adul did not cash the ticket, no harm was done?


         * Voice of Reason *   

        * The Truth Hurts *

        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

          Nikkicute's avatar - wi lotto3.jpg
          United States
          Member #123284
          February 17, 2012
          4474 Posts

          He ought to be ashamed and embarrassed of himself!

          Creeping in the night to switch a lotto ticket, what a snake!Mad