Gertrudis Cortez arrived at Lottery Headquarters with a big smile on his face and his brother in tow. Last week, as he routinely does, Gertrudis stopped to buy some scratch-offs from an Instant Ticket Vending Machine. He then proceeded to scratch his tickets there in the store and revealed his $30,000 American Classics win.
“I was so excited,” said the father-of-four. Gertrudis, who works as a laborer, said that he was anxious to come claim his prize but work prevented him from getting to Lottery Headquarters before yesterday. In addition to his daily purchase of scratch-offs, the 51-year-old also likes to play Mega Millions and Keno.
A native of El Salvador, Gertrudis plans to use some of his winnings to take a trip back home. “It will be nice to see my family and share my winnings with them too,” he said happily.
The winning ticket was purchased at Jessup BP, located at 8810 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore.