Updated 01/11/13 – 4:03 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County judge has given authorities permission to exhume the body of a man who died from cyanide poisoning last July, less than a month after winning a $1 million jackpot in an instant Lottery game.
Urooj Khan, 46, won a Lottery scratch-off game in June, after buying a ticket at a 7-Eleven in Rogers Park.
He died before collecting his $425,000 in winnings, after taxes, and his death was initially ruled to be the result of natural causes. But relatives asked for a complete autopsy, which months later determined he died from cyanide poisoning.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office later sought to have Khan’s body exhumed to determine exactly how the cyanide got into his system.
A Cook County judge agreed Friday morning to have Khan’s body exhumed, after there no objections from attorneys for Khan’s family members and his estate.
The medical examiner’s office tentatively scheduled the exhumation for Thursday. Spokeswoman Mary Paleologos said a new examination of Khan’s body would happen the next day.