CHICAGO — Looking to score free Mega Millions tickets ahead of Friday night’s drawing? Well you can take your chances in a ticket machine in Chicagos Loop.
The Illinois Lottery will celebrate by giving away hundreds of tickets in a ticket grab machine outside of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., beginning at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lottery officials were giving away 970 tickets total, because the estimated jackpot was $970 million. However, the jackpot has since soared to $1 billion.
The prize is the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016.
No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24. That reflects the game’s long odds , at one in 302.5 million.