In the days leading up to Christmas, the man, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, bought a $30 Scratcher ticket at a local grocery store in his hometown of Vacaville, Calif.
A man in Vacaville, California, has 10 million reasons to hate his former roommate.
The next day, when Saosongyang went to the lottery office, he was told that the winning ticket he had was actually worth $10 million, police said, adding that lottery workers were unaware at the time that the ticket had been reported stolen. And all that entailed was waiting at the Sacremento District Lottery Office for him to show up on January 7 to collect his "winnings". Part of the investigation included viewing the surveillance cameras at the store where the ticket was purchased.
The lottery is a magnet for elaborate scams. Who was responsible for the ticket presented the following day?
What they uncovered was an elaborate attempt by Saosongyang to seize his roommate's reward.
On Monday, the investigator summoned Saosongyang to the Sacramento office to collect his winnings.
After reviewing police and surveillance video at the place where the winning ticket was found, officials figured out Saosongyang was not the victor, according to NBC News.
Lieutenant Chris Polen told the Daily News Saosongyang had been transferred from the Sacramento County Jail to a smaller one Wednesday morning.
He remains jailed and it's unclear if he has an attorney.
"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he concluded in an email to The Washington Post, adding a smiley face.