The massive jackpot prize is considered to be one of the largest in U.S. history, eclipsing the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot that was awarded in 2018.
The draw game hasn’t had a jackpot winner since April 18, after a ticketholder in New York matched all six numbers to win a $20 million prize.
This is the second time a lottery prize hit the billion-dollar mark in less than a month.
One Powerball ticket sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market in downtown Los Angeles matched all six winning numbers in July to win the estimated $1 billion prize.
The lucky winner’s identity hasn’t been announced.
The largest lottery jackpot prize, a Powerball ticket estimated to be worth $2.04 billion, was won in California in November.
Californians who are feeling lucky can purchase a Mega Millions ticket for $2 at any lottery retailer statewide. The draw entry closes at 7:45 p.m. and the drawing is scheduled to happen at 8 p.m.
Regardless of whether any hits the jackpot tonight, the next Mega Millions drawing will occur on Friday at 8 p.m.