Fatally poisoned lottery winner’s daughter, wife divvy up his estate
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter December 11, 2013 7:38PM
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Lottery shows Urooj Khan, of Chicago, posing with a winning lottery ticket. Khan died from cyanide poisoning in July 2012 shortly before collecting $425,000 in winnings. An attorney who represents Khan's widow says most of the businessman's $2 million estate should go to his client, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Illinois Lottery, File)
Updated: January 14, 2014 12:41PM
The widow and daughter of a West Rogers Park man who died from cyanide poisoning after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot have reached an agreement on how to divide his estate and promised not to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit unless new evidence turns up in the Chicago Police criminal investigation.
Under the settlement agreement entered Wednesday, Jasmeen Khan, Urooj Khan’s daughter from a previous marriage, will receive $140,000 from the elder Khan’s lottery winnings and his five condominiums.
Shabana Ansari will be given the remaining lottery earnings and will get to keep the couple’s primary North Side home, dry-cleaning business, commercial property and ten vehicles that have been mostly used for the laundry.
Although the lump sum payout of Urooj Khan’s winnings was $425,000, both parties had been withdrawing the money with the judge’s permission while the probate matter was tied up in court, leaving the remaining amount at an even smaller figure, a source familiar with the settlement agreement said.
Under Wednesday’s settlement agreement, detailed in court documents, both women, “agree not to pursue a civil murder lawsuit against the other party relating to the death of the [Urooj Khan] unless: there is new evidence discovered . . . or one of the parties is arrested in connection with the death of [Urooj Khan] …”
Urooj Khan, 46, died on July 20, 2012, just a few weeks after he hit the jackpot with an instant lottery ticket.
Initial findings determined he had died of natural causes — hardening of the arteries — but Urooj Khan’s brother, Imtiaz Khan, pushed the Cook County medical examiner’s office to conduct further tests, which showed a lethal level of cyanide in his blood.
Urooj Khan’s remains were exhumed early last year but authorities could not find any more clues to help with their investigation.
Urooj Khan’s death has been classified as a homicide. No one has been arrested.
“Somebody killed him. Now we have to find out who that somebody is,” Imtiaz Khan told the Sun-Times last spring.