Poisoned Lotto Winner Altered Estate to Benefit Wife

Urooj Khan signed agreement to give her his business share

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 8, 2013 2:20 AM CST | Updated Feb 8, 2013 7:55 AM CST

(Newser) – More twists in the case of the poisoned lottery winner: Just weeks before his big win and subsequent death, Urooj Khan altered his finances so that, should he die, his wife would receive his share in a dry cleaning business, the Chicago Tribune reports. The news comes as his family battles over his estate; now, instead of a court dividing the dry cleaning assets, half the business and its property will go to widow Shabana Ansari, her lawyer says.

That leaves just $680,000 to be shared among Khan's heirs. "I just think he wanted to make sure his wife had a business and had attachment to the commercial property if something happened to him," lawyer Al-Haroon Husain says. Khan also provided Ansari with sole ownership of their home, Husain adds. He has now filed court papers dropping the estate's value to $680,000—as opposed to the $2 million earlier estimated. But Khan's brother has cried foul, dubbing the operating agreement, which Khan and his business partner signed on May 2, "baseless and nonsense," reports the Sun-Times. "Why would he [sign an agreement] to transfer everything to his wife? Did he know that he was going to die? Did he know [someone] was going to kill him?"

This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Lottery shows Urooj Khan, 46.
This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Lottery shows Urooj Khan, 46.   (AP Photo/Illinois Lottery, File)
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