Originally thinking the ticket was worth $10,000, the man was eager to spread the good news.
The day after that, Saosongyang was caught trying to cash in the real ticket - only to be told by a cashier that it was worth 10,000 times more than its rightful owner believed.
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.More news: Timberwolves 'rallying around' new head coach Ryan Saunders
Saosongyang was invited to the lottery office to collect his winnings on January 7, "but instead of him celebrating his big win he was arrested by Vacaville PD Detectives", police said. When he arrived, he was arrested.
"At some point, he scratches that ticket and realizes he has a victor which he thinks is $10,000", said Lieutenant Chris Polen of the Vacaville Police Department. "Adul was told his winning ticket was not worth $10,000 dollars, but was actually worth $10 million dollars!"
The player suspected a roommate had switched tickets while he slept and called police.
Police say the victor has not yet received his windfall, as the lottery completes their administrative investigation.
The Lottery investigator began comparing notes with a Vacaville PD detective on the suspected theft.More news: Chrissy Metz Denies Making Alison Brie Slur on Globes Red Carpet
"Immediately sign the back of Lottery tickets in ink; put them in a secure place you will remember; and, visit one of nine Lottery district offices throughout the state to begin the claims process", the statement advised.
"Although, I'm sure everything will work out in the end", he told the newspaper.
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.More news: With Vic Fangio, Broncos go with experience and toughness