This Lottery Winner’s Luck Ran Out Right Before He Cashed Out


Urooj Khan won a $1 million dollar lottery prize, but died the day before he collected he collected his winnings. NBC reports:

A lottery winner was fatally poisoned with cyanide a day after he collected nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings, a Chicago medical examiner said Monday.

Urooj Khan died July 20, a day after a check was issued from the state’s Comptroller’s Office. The check, the lump sum on a $1 million instant lottery ticket, was cashed on Aug. 15.

After a limited exam during which Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina found no trauma or unusual substances in the 46-year-old’s body, the medical examiner’s office declared that he died of natural causes.

Khan was buried at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported, and within a week a concerned relative asked the medical examiner’s office to take a closer look, Cina told the Tribune.

The medical examiner’s office determined from comprehensive toxicology reports that Khan had ingested a deadly amount of cyanide and his death was reclassified as a homicide.

The old adage “follow the money,” probably applies in this case…

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  • TomInCali

    but died the day before he collected


    poisoned with cyanide a day after he collected

    • Yeah, I saw that mistake, too. Doesn’t cancel out all the completely stupid things you’ve said with all sincerity.

  • sabbahillel

    The check was issued before he died but was cashed almost a month later. There are difficulties cashing checks received after death. I have read that some states require the checks to be reissued payable to “the estate of …” and some banks will not honor the original checks because the person is not around to endorse them. Sometimes a direct deposit will be honored.

  • jim_m

    Like the rest of us he got the obamatax before the obamacare.

  • Vagabond661

    At least if a gun was involved the ME wouldn’t have missed it.

    • jim_m

      This is Chicago. If there isn’t a bullet hole it must be natural causes.

  • Wild_Willie

    Ban poisons. We need a strict poison law in place. What? We have one? Nevermind. ww

    • jim_m

      We need an FBI background check and a 3 day waiting period on the purchase of any poison. There should be a requirement to keep poisons under lock and key. So what if it takes you a week to buy some drain cleaner to unplug your sink,. it’s for the Children!!!!

  • Commander_Chico

    Ummm, was he married?