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Mega Millions mania hits the Heartland

Lottery ticket lines were crowded Friday as players drawn by a record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, cast aside concerns about odds to take a chance at becoming an overnight millionaire.

We take you live to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois where folks are lining up in hopes of a jackpot!  We will give you the odds of winning almost half a billion dollars tonight at five.

What could you buy with $640 million? How about the St. Louis Cardinals?

Bob Reeves says a few afternoon and evening T'storms are possible, with a chance of some strong storms.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited The Women's Center in Carbondale Friday to advocate for legislation that would restore funding to sexual assault prevention agencies.  The legislation would require all strip clubs that permit alcohol to pay a $5-per-patron fee. Carly O'Keefe will have more on this story tonight at five.

Child Abuse Awareness Month doesn't kick off until April, but educational programs at local schools are starting Friday.

A rural Benton man is charged with aggravated battery of a child after the Franklin County Sheriff says he injured a 6-week-old baby.

A mother's mission to keep her daughter's memory alive opens a door to help others.

13-year-old Sahara Aldridge of Cape Girardeau died more than four years ago after a 17 month battle with cancer.  Crystal Britt reports if a new measure in Missouri becomes law, you'll soon have the chance to help kids like Sahara.

Around 5:12 we will show you video from Michigan where a roof literally collapsed under firefighters feet!

Bragging rights are on the line this weekend if you are a Kentucky or Louisville basketball fan.  We will tell you about one couple who is having wedding ceremony problems due to the game!

In the Heartland Heath segment at 5:20, we will tell you how inactivity is now linked to higher cancer rates.

And at six, we will show you 53 new Americans who were sworn in today in Carbondale!

We will also take you to a Vietnam veteran's ceremony in Butler County.

You won't want to miss this - a southern Illinois girl is credited with saving her cousin from drowning!  We will hear from the girls tonight at six!

Have a great evening,

James Long
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