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. A ticket worth an incredible $10 million! He then told his roommates about it.
The Lottery investigator invited Saosongyang to their Sacramento District Office to collect his winnings.
Lottery officials want to make sure that the true owner of the ticket will still be able to collect his $10 million. According to investigators, he was not only told that his ticket was not a victor, but also that it had been altered.
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.
Saosongyang also tried to redeem the winning lottery ticket the Sacramento office, but after review of video surveillance, officials realized he had not bought the Scratcher.
After watching CCTV footage from the store where the tickets were purchased, police and lottery investigators concluded that Saosongyang had purchased a second ticket after finding out about the win, and then swapped it with his roommate's while he was asleep.
Chris Polen, a spokesman with the Vacaville Police Department, said authorities weren't naming the man at his request.
The officials were told at the Lucky Grocery Store, where the ticket was purchased, that it might have been stolen. When he arrived, he was arrested.
"This is when the lottery investigator and a Vacaville PD Detective began comparing notes and working together on this theft investigation", the Facebook post read.
Saosongyang was booked into Sacramento County jail on Monday and was transferred to Solano County on Thursday, where he is being held on $65,000 bail. 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.