Upon visiting the store, they learned the ticket had been reported stolen.
But the next day the real ticket surfaced when his roommate tried to turn in the victor.
He then suspected one of his roommates stole the ticket while he was sleeping, and quickly reported to authorities about the theft.
According to the Vacaville Police Department, after purchasing a $30 California Lottery Scratcher ticket on December 20 from Lucky Grocery Store on Peabody Road, a Vacaville man was excited to learn that he had won $10,000.
But when he attempted to collect his winnings the following morning, he was told his ticket wasn't a victor and had been altered.
The California Lottery automatically launches an administrative investigation for any winnings over $600.
Vacaville Police Department
"Once we saw that, it was clear what had happened", Polen said. "Later alters his losing ticket to match the winning ticket".
Meanwhile, for more than three weeks the wronged-man and Sasongyang continued to share a house with the two men behaving as if nothing was amiss.
The alleged forgery even had the wrong winning amount listed: $10,000 instead of $10 million.
The roommate, who police identified as 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, went to collect his winnings on Monday in Sacramento but was instead greeted by Vacaville police officers.
The post continues: "He was booked into Sacramento County Jail and will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week".
"I would sign the back of the ticket as soon as I knew I won that way I'd have some kind of proof", Amy Grunwald said. "We still have to determine that the first man - Saosongyang's roommate - is the rightful owner of the ticket".
"And we had a discussion with him because he said, 'No, I won".
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