Winning Mega Millions Numbers Selected

Steve Miller
October 19, 2018 - 4:30 pm

UPDATE -- The winning Mega Millions numbers in Friday's drawing were: 15, 23, 53, 65, 70, with Mega Ball 7.


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is $1 billion. 

The Illinois Lottery gave away hundreds of free tickets Friday at the Thompson Center, but some people who lined up for those tickets came away slightly disappointed.

Picture, if you will, a small plastic booth, about the size of a porta-potty.

The lottery calls it the Money Machine.

People lined up for more than 2 hours to get inside. Air blows, whirling lots of free Mega Millions tickets around.

People could grab as many tickets as they could in five seconds.

"Put it in your pocket!  Hold onto it!  OK, stop!"

But then the rain came down, and the machine had to be closed down.

Everybody who had lined up and missed a chance in the Money Machine got only one free ticket.

They left with thoughts of pennies from heaven.