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Whats in the News
14-01-2019, 12:38 PM
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California man learns- 10 million reasons not to tell your roommate if you win the lottery

According to the Washington Post,

This past Christmas, a man in Vacaville, California, learned a grim, but
useful, holiday lesson: Sometimes, don’t spread glad tidings. Keep the
good news to yourself.

It was Dec. 20, and the city of about 100,000, located midway between
Sacramento and San Francisco, was festooned with white lights and toy
reindeer. Hoping to get his hands on a bit of extra cash for the holidays,
the Vacaville man went to a Lucky grocery store and paid $30 for a
scratch-off lottery ticket that odds said would leave him at a loss.

But the ticket turned out to be a winner, and promised to flood his bank
account with $10,000, or so he thought. The lucky lottery contestant
couldn’t contain his excitement. He returned home to tell his two
roommates of his financial success.

He would rue the day he ignored the warning of Shakespeare’s King Lear to,
“Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes.”

The next morning, he reported to the Sacramento district office of the
California State Lottery to collect his winnings. But the ticket he
presented was not a winner.

Suspecting that one of his roommates had purloined the winning ticket
while he was sleeping, the man went to the local police department, which
recounted the episode Tuesday on Facebook. Chris Polen, a spokesman with
the Vacaville Police Department, said authorities weren’t naming the man
at his request.

It didn’t take long for police to unwind the mystery of the good ticket
gone bad. The following day, on Dec. 22, the man’s 35-year-old roommate,
Adul Saosongyang, attempted to cash in on a winning scratch-off ticket at
the same lottery office in Sacramento, police said.

But the winning ticket wasn’t worth a meager $10,000, the roommate was
told. It was worth $10 million.

California lottery officials, yet to be informed that a ticket had been
reported stolen, nevertheless began a routine investigation, conducted for
all winnings of $600 and up. Collecting a prize of such a sum involves
submitting a detailed claim form, either in person at a district office or
else in the mail, according to the state lottery.

The lottery investigator who went to the Lucky in Vacaville to view video
surveillance footage of the original Dec. 20 purchase learned that the
ticket may have been stolen, according to the police department’s account.
Theft of lottery tickets is relatively common. Numerous scratch-off
winners have later been unmasked for stealing the tickets, either from
friends or from the grocery stores where they were employed.

The lottery is a magnet for elaborate scams. But the high-stakes contest
can also motivate more petty forms of personal betrayal.

The lottery investigator teamed up with a Vacaville detective to get to
the bottom of things. Who had purchased the initial scratch-off game? Who
was responsible for the ticket presented the following day? And who was
destined for the $10 million?

What they say they uncovered was an elaborate attempt by Saosongyang to
seize his roommate’s reward. He had allegedly purchased a similar scratch
card and then swapped it out for the winning ticket while his unsuspecting
roommate was sleeping.

On Monday, the investigator summoned Saosongyang to the Sacramento office
to collect his winnings. Instead of rejoicing in the windfall, however, he
was arrested by Vacaville police, who had obtained a warrant for him on
the charge of grand theft. He was booked at the Sacramento County Jail and
will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week, authorities
said. In California, grand theft can be classified either as a misdemeanor
or a felony, which determines whether a defendant can be sentenced to up
to one year in county jail or up to three years in state prison; it wasn’t
clear which type of charge Saosongyang would face.

Meanwhile, Polen, the police spokesman, said lottery officials were
discussing the winnings with the victim. He said he couldn’t be certain
that the man would receive payment.

“Although, I’m sure everything will work out in the end,” he concluded in
an email to The Washington Post, adding a smiley face.
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Whats in the News - Len - 29-03-2008, 12:36 PM
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