ONE TICKET WINS $393M IN ILLINOIS
ILL.» The PALOS HEIGHTS,
Illinois Lottery announced that a suburban Chicago barbecue restaurant sold the winning ticket for a $393 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
The Illinois Lottery said Saturday that someone bought the ticket at Nick’s Barbecue in Palos Heights.
The $393 million jackpot from Friday’s drawing is the largest in Illinois history. It’s the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history. The estimated cash value is $256 million — plus a $500,000 selling bonus for the retailer.
Alabama primary nears finish line.
HEFLIN, ALA.» Alabama candidates in the race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former U.S. Senate seat spent the weekend in a flurry of last-minute campaign stops ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who currently holds the seat, said Saturday that President Donald Trump’s endorsement was “critical” in the campaign’s homestretch.
Strange faces a slate of Republican challengers, including Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, state Sen. Trip Pittman and Christian Coalition leader Randy Brinson.
Democrats in the race include former U.S. attorney Doug Jones, environmentalist Michael Hansen and U.S. Naval Academy graduate Robert Kennedy Jr.
The winning Democrat and Republican will face off in December.
FDA probes deaths after obesity treatment.
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the sudden deaths of five people who had undergone an obesity treatment that places an inflated silicone balloon in their stomach.
All the deaths happened within a month of the procedure, the FDA said in a letter sent last week to health care providers. Three people died just one to three days later.
The agency, however, cautioned that it has yet to determine whether the devices or the way in which they were placed in the stomachs directly caused those deaths.
Chance the Rapper leads parade. CHICAGO» Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper rode through the streets of his hometown as grand marshal of Chicago’s backto-school parade.
The 24-year-old rapper sat atop a white convertible waving at the crowds during Saturday’s Bud Billiken Parade, which welcomes Chicago children for the new school year.
It’s not the first time Chance has been involved with Chicago Public Schools. Earlier this year he donated $1 million.
He also was part of an effort to distribute thousands of free backpacks stuffed with school supplies at the parade.
And he has urged politicians to help the schools.
Emergency room reopens after odor.
» A hospital emergency N.H. department in New Hampshire is open again, one day after an unknown odor sickened 19 workers.
Nineteen staff members at Exeter Hospital were evaluated after some complained of dizziness and nausea on Friday morning. Officials say all had recovered by Friday night.
The hospital shut down an inpatient operation room and the emergency room directly above it.