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Lotto winner reportedly poisoned with cyanide

Chicago Police are investigating the death of a lottery winner who was poisoned just after he got his winnings.

Urooj Khan, 46,  won a $1,000,000 scratch-off ticket last June after he paid $60 to buy two tickets at a 7-11 at 6801 N. Western Ave. in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

A check for his prize money of almost $425,000 was issued on July 19th.  He never got to see the check.

The next day, Khan came home from work, ate dinner and went to bed.   The Tribune reports that 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.

While a motive has not been determined yet, police haven’t ruled out that Khan was killed because of his big lottery win, a law enforcement source told the Tribune.

They are considering exhuming his body to determine how much cyanide he ingested or inhaled.

Khan lived in West Rogers Park with his wife, Shabana Ansari and their teenage daughter, Jasmeen Khan.  Khan owned three dry cleaners on the Far North Side and owned and managed several rental condominiums.

His wife told the Tribune  Khan was the “best husband on the entire planet” and she has spoken with police about the investigation.


46 Comments to “Lotto winner reportedly poisoned with cyanide”

    Gramma2two said:
    January 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    What a terrible loss for the family. Especially if it was in fact the $$ that led to his death. Gee what county was the medical examiners office in again??? If the Tribune “report” is accurate and he woke up screaming, that doesn’t sound like a natural cause.

    maraismorris said:
    January 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    out of one million dollars, he only received a check for $425,000. does that mean that he had to pay $575,000 in TAXES? or was he awaiting another check from the lottery folk?

      Mark G said:
      January 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Did not pay that in taxes. 1 million was due to be paid in installments, probably $50,000/yr over 20 years. Lump sum was probably somewhere in the $670,000 range, then taxes brought in down to $425,000.

    Haines said:
    January 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    it's a shame when hard working people in this society get the short end, woking hard is the way to open up more doors in life, his fortune was a final gateway to end his life, motive is everyway where you may not expect it, money could be the issue, but it could be that he was a kind husband, father and friend to those who didnt deserve his kindness, what ever happended good or bad, it wont bring that father back.

    (Live and love your life, good or bad)
    Minister, Haines

    randy said:
    January 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Another lottery disaster. Careful what you wish for, very little in life is free.

    Rick said:
    January 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    "ate dinner" HELLO! Who fixed dinner sounds like a good starting point.

    Tired of Morons said:
    January 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    He was the best husband ever. He left me the businesses, the condo's and 425k. I'm set for life. Oh I love that man o mine to death. Ooops.

    sharong4 said:
    January 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    If he didn't get the money, then who did?

    wendy7609 said:
    January 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Where on earth does one buy cyanide? Creepy. I mean, if it's such a quick way to murder a person, why is it so easy to get?

      ram2006 said:
      January 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      you can make it.

    anna said:
    January 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    That's a shame this man had to die due to his winnings. That's the way I see it. I believe if he had kept his mouth shut when he won the the $$$$$, nothing would have happened. I say somebody had to have injected the cyanide in him. How else is he going to get it? What a cruel way to start off the year for a poor family that just lost a loved one. His death was ruled a homicide. So somebody, somewhere had to inject the cyanide into his body.

    Wudy Jang said:
    January 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    "Police recently LEARN Khan had been POISON with SINAI …"
    OK, for being a native of San Francisco, Judy Wang sure seems to have a lot of trouble grasping the English language. We're speeding to hell in that handbasket @ lightning speed.

    kid1339 said:
    April 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM


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