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Homicide: Lottery Winner Fatally Poisoned After Collecting $425,000

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on January 7, 2013

When 37-year-old Matthew Good won half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot back in December, his first impulse was spot-on: remain anonymous.

Good was outed anyway, and everyone in his family, his neighborhood and the country knew that he now had a net worth of at least $192 million. While it must feel good to have all that money, human nature being what it is, it must be tough to know so many people want all your money.

Sadly, it seems, Urooj Khan found out what *could* happen when your friends, family and neighbors know you just won a lottery jackpot.

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The AP reports that Khan was fatally poisoned just one day after he collected a $425,000 payout in the Chicago lottery:

Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina (SEE’-nuh) says a limited exam initially found Urooj (oo-ROOJ’) Khan died of natural causes, but a relative asked for a deeper investigation.

A full toxicology test revealed Khan had ingested a deadly amount of cyanide, and his death was re-classified as a homicide.

Khan died July 20, a day after collecting the lump sum option on a $1 million win. He bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven near his home in West Rogers Park, a neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side.

Khan’s body will likely be exhumed as part of the investigation.

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