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Family Of ‘Murdered’ Lottery Winner At War Over $1,000,000 Prize Money


The family of a lottery winner poisoned with cyanide after he collected a $1 million prize are in conflict over who has the rights to inherit his winnings.

Urooj Khan died at his Chicago home just weeks after buying the $1miilion winning scratch card in the Illinois State Lottery. After Mr Khan died at his home an examination by the Cook County medical examiner found that had died from heart disease or natural causes.

After doubts were raised by another family member, a fresh toxicology report on Mr Khan’s body revealed that cyanide was the cause of his death.
Urooj Khan’s brother ImTiaz is now claiming that his wife Shabana Ansari attempted to claim the prize money just days after his death but was unable to do so.

The family is now locked in a conflict over the winnings with ImTiaz also submitting legal papers that claim his late brother was not even legally married to Shabana Ansari, meaning she is not entitled to any of the cash he won.
As a result of the filing the jackpot has been frozen and will remain so for the next 3 months. Mrs Ansari filed her own papers in response to the allegations stating that she was indeed married to Urooj Khan and the court agreed, making her the administrator of his estate.

The upcoming months will see both sides of the family put their final cases together as they try to claim the money left behind. The developments come as the Cook County medical examiner is expected to seek a court order to exhume Urooj’s body to conduct further tests in the next few weeks. It remains to be seen if the examination will prompt a criminal investigation into his sudden death by poisoning.

Sarah Young of Yorkshire based solicitors Ridley and Hall commented “Reportedly Mr Khan did not have a will, which has opened the door to a court battle. This case demonstrates how complicated matters can become within a family when a will has not been written. The large amount of lottery money involved only serves to intensify the battle for rights to Mr Khan’s estate and encourages family members to query how much they should be entitled to.”

“There was no way Urooj Khan could have known he was going to win the lottery payout when he did, however his story does demonstrate why preparing a will is vital to ensuring your family are provided for in the way you wish after you die.”

Ridley & Hall are an award winning solicitors based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Offering services in Wills, contentious probate and inheritance disputes.


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