Lottery Winner Killed After Winning $1 Million; Cyanide Poisoning Suspected

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Chicago Police are investigating the death of a lottery winner, Urooj Khan, 46, who was killed, reportedly by poison, just after he got his winnings.

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Khan won a $1,000,000 scratch-off ticket last June after he paid $60 to buy two tickets at a 7-11 in the Windy City's Rogers Park neighborhood.

A check for his prize money of almost $425,000 was issued July 19.

He never got to see the check. Within 48 hours, he was dead.

The next day, Khan came home from work, ate dinner and went to bed. The Chicago Tribune reports he woke up screaming and later died at an Evanston hospital.

The Cook County medical examiner ruled Khan died from natural causes, but police investigators took a closer look into his death after a relative raised concerns.

Last month, tests revealed that Khan died from cyanide poisoning and his death was ruled a homicide. A motive has not been determined yet, officially.

Police haven’t ruled out the possibility that Khan was killed because of his seven-figure lottery win, a law enforcement source told the Tribune.

As part of the ongoing investigation, officials say they are considering exhuming his body to determine how much cyanide he ingested or inhaled.

Khan is survived by wife Shabana Ansari and their teenage daughter, Jasmeen Khan. His wife said he was the “best husband on the entire planet.”

She has spoken with police about the investigation.

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