The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.
In 2016, Powerball had a $1.586 billion prize. The previous record jackpot in Mega Millions was a $656 million prize which was shared by winners coming from Kansas, Illinois as well as Maryland in March 2012.
If no one picks all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing, the prize for Tuesday night’s drawing would likely be $1.6 billion, tying the largest U.S. lottery prize.
The next Powerball drawing can be at 10:59 p.m. ET Saturday.
–The Associated Press contributed to This particular report