Mega Millions Jackpot Now Second Largest In U.S. History

WTVO/WQRF - Mega Millions lives up to its name as the jackpot increases again.
UPDATE (12/17/13): The Mega Millions jackpot is now $636 million, second behind only last year's Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million.

ROCKFORD -- As the Mega Millions jackpot grows to insane levels, Illinois lottery officials want to add to the odds of a winner being from Illinois, so they are giving away free tickets.  586 in the Rockford area to celebrate Tuesday's estimated $586 million jackpot.

The Lottery will be on hand tomorrow at two Lottery retailers to give the first 293 customers at each location a free Mega Millions Quick Pick. The giveaway will conclude whether or not all free tickets have been distributed in the allotted time.  That won't happen!  Tickets are expected to go fast, and those getting them must be at least 18 years old and will only be given one free ticket.

If players purchase $5 in Mega Millions tickets, they will receive a free $1 Holiday Cash Ticket.  Here's where:

Express Lane: 11:00am – 12:15pm – Giving away up to 293 tickets
4740 Baxter Road
Rockford, IL

Express Lane: 12:45pm – 2:00pm – Giving away up to 293 tickets
430 West Harrison Avenue
Rockford, IL
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