Cumming Police: Lottery winner’s death not due to trauma

Man found unconscious near road after winning on scratch off

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CUMMING, Ga. — After recently winning a large amount of money on a scratch off lottery ticket, a 59-year-old man was found unconscious on the side of the road and later died.

Charles Barrett, of Cumming, was found unconscious at 11:41 p.m. April 22 near TitleMax Pawn Shop, 231 Atlanta Highway.

A person driving by and an off-duty paramedic saw Barrett lying on the side of the road and stopped to help. The paramedic performed CPR on Barrett while the other person called 911.

Local fire and EMS personnel arrived on the scene shortly after and transported Barrett to Northside Hospital Forsyth.

Barrett was placed in the Intensive Care Unit and died April 26.

Hospital personnel determined that Barrett suffered superficial injuries to his head and to one of his knees, consistent with a fall.

“Preliminary autopsy results are consistent with preliminary medical results and information collected during the investigation that Barrett’s visible injuries were superficial and no trauma was suffered,” Cumming Police Chief Casey Tatum said.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is still looking into the use of some of Barrett’s financial cards, which were used during the timeframe of Barrett’s stay at Northside Hospital Forsyth.


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