Lottery Winner Killed: Urooj Khan And 4 Others Murdered After Hitting The Jackpot

By Amir Khan on January 8, 2013 10:33 AM EST

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Winning the lottery may not be all it's cracked up to be (Photo: Reuters)

The lottery winner killed, Urooj Khan, may not have been a victim of hardened arteries like authorities first expected. Instead, Urooj Khan, the lottery winner killed shortly after cashing in his $1 million prize, was poisoned, according to a new medical examiners report.

Urooj Khan, the lottery winner killed, woke up screaming in the middle of the night on July 20, less than a month after hitting the jackpot. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, with the cause of death being hardened arteries, according to iScienceTimes.

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However, a new medical report revealed that the lottery winner was killed, and that the cause of death was actually cyanide poisoning.

"We are investigating it as a murder, and we're working closely with the medical examiner's office," Chicago police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton told CNN.

Urooj Khan, the lottery winner killed, is a cautionary tale to anyone who wishes to win the lottery - and he's not alone. At least four other lottery winners were killed shortly after hitting the jackpot over the past 20 years.

One of the most notable cases in which a lottery winner was killed shortly after hitting the jackpot came in 2010, when Doris "Dee Dee" Moore conned Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare out of his winnings then fatally shot him in the head. Abraham Shakespeare, the lottery winner killed, got justice, however, as Doris "Dee Dee" Moore was convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

"Abraham Shakespeare was your prey and victim," Judge Emmet Battles said at the sentencing for the Abraham Shakespeare, the lottery winner killed, according to ABC News. "Money was the route of evil you brought to Abraham. You are sentenced to life in prison you shall not be eligible for parole."

But Abraham Shakespeare wasn't the only lottery winner killed for his winnings. In March 2012, lottery winners William and Brenda Evans, ages 71 and 61, were murdered in their Detroit home after winning several thousand dollars. Police said no other valuables were stolen, leading them to believe the lottery winners were killed for their money.

"I just ask that if anybody know anything, just please," one of the couple's children said, according to ClickOn Detroit. Because they didn't deserve this, my daddy helped the community. He would have done anything for anybody. They could just have got the ticket and left them alive."

It's not always a random person who kills a lottery winner, however, which Jeffrey Dampier learned all too well. Jeffery Dampier, the lottery winner killed, won $20 million in the 1996 Illinois lottery, and was good for nine years before he was killed.

Jeffery Dampier was having an affair with his sister-in-law, Victoria Jackson, according to TIME. Jackson, however, turned on Dampier and killed the lottery winner. Jackson and her accomplice were eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison.

Sometimes the lottery curse strikes your family instead of you. Lucien Nault won $16.9 million in 2009, according to the Daily Mail, and though the lottery winner wasn't killed, he lost two of those closest to him. His daughter-in-law drowned in the family's newly-built pool and just three weeks later, Nault's son died in a car crash.

So the next time you think about winning the lottery, remember that it may not be all that it's cracked up to be.

"If I could go back to my life I would," Scottish lottery winner Robert Moffat said, according to the Daily Mail. "I wish I'd never won this to be honest."

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