Friday 13 December 2019

US lottery winner 'died of cyanide poisoning'

Mark Hughes New York

A US lottery winner, who scooped $1m(€764,000) on a scratchcard, died of cyanide poisoning the day after he received his cheque, in what has turned into a bizarre murder mystery.

Urooj Khan (46) won the money in June 2012 after buying the ticket at a 7-Eleven store in Chicago.

Instead of receiving the prize in instalments, Mr Khan, who ran a dry-cleaning business, decided to take the cash in one lump sum of $600,000, leaving him with $425,000 after taxes were deducted.

His cheque arrived on July 19, but the following day he was dead. Initially, his death was ruled to have been caused by a heart attack, but after looking at the case further – at the request of a relation – medical examiners have established that he was poisoned.

Stephen Cina, the medical examiner who conducted the further tests, said he had received a telephone call in which the caller had said: "There may be more to it than a natural death". He declined to name the family member.

A spokesman for the lottery said the cheque was cashed on August 15, explaining that if a lottery winner dies, the money goes to his or her estate. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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