Businessman Willie Wilson ups the ante to $1 million in second gas giveaway for people at participating pumps Thursday

Chicago businessman Willie Wilson donated $200,000 in free gas across the city this week.

Next week, he's donating $1 million.

Gas stations in Chicago were backed up as people filled their tanks for free on Thursday.

Every vehicle at participating gas stations received $50 until all the money was exhausted.

About 4,000 vehicles were expected to get their fill.

Wilson has announced a second gas giveaway on March 24, this time worth $1 million.

50 gas stations across the city will participate in the free gas giveaway. Each station is also agreeing to lower their gasoline prices during the event to allow more families to benefit from Wilson's generosity.

"The need among the community is so great," Wilson said. "Soaring gas prices have caused a hardship for too many of our citizens."

"I am confident that with God's help and wisdom we will get through these tough times together. This is our second gas giveaway in one week. The need is great, I want to help. If I can help somebody as I pass along this way, then my living is not in vain."

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