The Illinois Lottery is holding a promotion today at Alton Square, with contestants looking at a chance to win big money if they make it to the finals in Chicago. The MVP Cash Spectacular Promotion will give players a chance to win cash tomorrow, and then move on to the next round.

The free-throw contest is also a boost to the local school district of the winner which will win a matching prize. First place is $5,000, second is $1,000 and third place is $500. Some 250-thousand people signed up to take part in the second chance promotion, and more than two dozen from throughout southern Illinois will be taking part in the contest today, beginning at 2:30pm on the lower level in front of Macy's.