The multi-jurisdictional lottery is played in 42 states—including Maryland and Virginia—plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game first arrived in the Old Line State in 2010.
Saturday marked the 15th consecutive Powerball drawing without a winner. The jackpot for Wednesday was initially announced as $425 million, but lottery officials said a surge of ticket purchases over the weekend pushed the total to $500 million.
The last time a Maryland ticket brought home a Powerball jackpot was just under a year ago. On Christmas Eve 2011, a couple who played their numbers in Cecil County walked away with a $128.8 million prize.
More recently, one of three winning tickets in March's $640 million Mega Millions drawing was sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill.
The largest Powerball jackpot ever—$365 million—came in February of 2006. The lone winning ticket was purchased by eight employees of a Congra meatpacking plant in Nebraska, who opted to split the $177 million cash value eight ways.
Wednesday's drawing will be broadcast at 10:59 p.m. on WJLA (channel 9) in the DC area and at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV (channel 11) in the Batimore area. Drawings are later rebroadcast on Maryland Public Television.