Urooj Khan, with his winning lottery ticket. Not long after this photo was taken, he was dead. /AP hide caption itoggle caption /AP The Two-Way No Cyanide Detected In Chicago Lottery Winner's Remains March 1, 2013 Urooj Khan died last July, just one day after his $425,000 check from the Illinois lottery was cut. It wasn't until much later that it was determined there had been a lethal amount of cyanide in his blood. His remains, though, are too decomposed to detect any remaining poison.