CHICAGO, Ill. — A Chicago man who had won $1 million in a lottery scratch-off game, and who died the day after collecting his winnings, died from cyanide poisoning, a medical examiner said.
Urooj Kahn, 46, paid $60 for two tickets at a Chicago-area 7-11 in late June. It wasn’t until July 19 when he was presented with the jumbo-sized check with a lump sum payment of around $600,000.
The next day, Kahn was dead. According to a medical examiner’s report, no signs of trauma were found on Kahn’s body.
An autopsy wasn’t performed on him because the medical examiner’s office didn’t do them on those 45 and older unless the death was suspicious, Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina told the Associated Press.
Kahn’s death was ruled from natural causes. But, police investigators took a closer look after relatives raised concerns, WGN-TV reported.
Tests in late December revealed the man had died from cyanide poisoning, making police rule it a homicide.
A motive still has not been determined, however his body could be exhumed to determine how much cyanide he ingested, the station reported.