Happy Trails to Winner of $1 Million Cash Explosion Prize

A $1 million scratch-off win is fueling dreams of sunny vacation spots for this Laurel man, who dubbed himself “Happy Trails.”

Six more top prizes remain on $20 scratch-off

A Laurel man calling himself “Happy Trails” beat a swift path to Maryland Lottery headquarters this week to claim the first $1 million top prize on the Cash Explosion scratch-off. The construction worker says he immediately pictured himself on vacation after winning the momentous prize and having happy trails ahead.

The 43-year-old found his Lottery luck when he stopped to purchase scratch-offs after running errands. He bought several scratch-offs at the 24 Seven Convenience Store in Laurel, including three $20 Cash Explosion instant tickets, and returned to his car. When he revealed a money bag symbol over a $1,000,000 prize, he nearly blew a gasket.

“At first I wasn’t convinced that it was real, but shortly after I was on the road and headed to the Lottery office,” he said.

The Prince George’s County resident opted to receive his prize in a lump sum. He plans to use the winnings to pay down debt and may surprise his wife with a trip to the Caribbean.

His lucky retailer is located at 7707 Old Sandy Spring Road in Laurel. For selling a top-prize scratch-off in the game, 24 Seven Convenience Store will earn a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery.

The $20 Cash Explosion scratch-off is packed with unclaimed prizes, including six more $1 million top prizes, a dozen $50,000 prizes and 50 $10,000 prizes. The game offers 30 chances to win and more than a million prizes ranging from $20 to $500.