(Scroll down for video) A man who won a $1 million lottery prize, did not live long enough to be able to spend the winnings, according to police reports in Chicago, Illinois.
One day, Urooj Khan literally jumped for joy after scoring the winning $1 million lottery ticket, but the following month, he was dead.
The Cook County coroner's office initially ruled the death as a natural. However, the office reviewed the case and determined that he had a lethal amount of cyanide in his system.
"That led us to issue an amended death certificate to show that cyanide toxicity was the cause of death and the manner of the death as a homicide," chief coroner Dr. Steve Cina said Monday.
"We are investigating this as a murder and we are working closely with the coroner's office," Chicago police spokesperson Melissa Stratton said Monday.
Khan was all smiles at a 7-Eleven in the Rogers Park section of Chicago, surrounded by his wife, daughter and friends. He held up a large $1,000,000 check and recalled his joy when playing the "$3 million in cash!" game, where tickets are sold for $30 each.
"I scratched the ticket, then I said: 'I hit a million!’ again and again," Khan, 46, said according to a news release from the Illinois Lottery.
"I jumped two feet in the air, and then ran back to the store and gave the cashier a tip of $100.00," Kahn said.
The plan, he explained, was to use the money for his mortgage payments, paying bills, a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and invest more in his dry cleaning business.
"Winning the lottery is everything to me," Khan said.