More than 40 million people have registered to play in the Powerball jackpot drawing on Wednesday.
The draw has been in operation for two weeks and is the first time the state has had more than 1 million people on the drawing block in a single year.
Larry Hogan announced that a record $1.2 billion had been donated to the Powerballs lottery program.
“I want to thank our generous donor and the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who participated in the draw,” Hogan said in a statement.
“They put together a powerful program that has raised more than $1 billion in aid for the state.”
The draw will run through March 12.
The winners will be announced on March 15.
The winning amount is based on the state’s lottery winner percentage.
According to The Associated Press, the jackpot will be split among the winners.
It is expected to be more than double what the winner percentage was in 2014.
The Maryland Lottery will continue to work with state agencies and public housing authorities to secure federal matching funds.