The lottery investigator who went to the Lucky in Vacaville to view video surveillance footage of the original December 20 purchase learned that the ticket may have been stolen, according to the police department's account. Initially, the victor thought it was worth $10,000.
The player suspected a roommate had switched tickets while he slept and called police.More news: Malta allows 49 migrants stranded off coast since December to disembark
Lottery officials want to make sure that the true owner of the ticket will still be able to collect his $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 US$600 and up.
Adul Saosongyang, 35, from Vacaville, west of Sacramento, was arrested on Monday when he tried to cash in on the stolen ticket.
Officials told NPR they believe Saosongyang swapped his roommate's winning ticket with a losing one, while the victim was asleep.More news: Patrick McCaw To Sign With Raptors
The next day, the real ticket was allegedly presented by the winner's roommate at a lottery office - where he was told the ticket was really worth $10 million, not $10,000.
That was when the Lottery investigator and a Vacaville police detective started comparing notes and collaborating on the theft investigation.
An investigator lured Saosongyang to the district office by telling him he'd pick up the cash, only to be swiftly arrested by police.
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. "I guess if you know you've got $10 million waiting for you on the other end of it, you can just pretend everything's okay for a little while".More news: Arsenal favourites to sign Yannick Carrasco from Dalian Yifang
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