published Monday, January 7th, 2013

Chicago lottery winner died from cyanide poisoning

Urooj Khan, 46, of Chicago's West Rogers Park, shows his winning lottery ticket.
Urooj Khan, 46, of Chicago's West Rogers Park, shows his winning lottery ticket.
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CHICAGO — A Chicago man who died of cyanide poisoning just as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings had promised himself he wouldn’t gamble anymore.

Ashur Oshana, a clerk at a 7-Eleven on Chicago’s North Side, sold Urooj (oo-ROOJ’) Khan two scratch-off tickets in June.

Oshana said Khan had been on hajj, a Muslim pilgrimage. Oshana said when Khan returned, he said he wanted to lead a better life and not gamble. But Khan bought the tickets anyway.

Oshana says Khan grabbed his hand and kissed it when he saw he won a $1 million prize.

Khan died in July. His death was recently ruled a homicide after a relative asked for an expanded investigation.

Oshana said he was shocked to hear that someone may have killed Khan.

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