Mega Millions jackpot hits $640 million, FDA’s new food allergen, and more news


Friday’s mega millions jackpot now at $640 million, FDA names new food allergen, Teen swallows deadly jellyfish, Majority of Americans reject woke terms in NYT poll, World’s second-tallest building to be complete in 2023, and more news.

Friday’s mega millions jackpot now at $640 million

With no one winning the $565 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing on Tuesday, the purse has now shot up to $640 million and counting for what will be the last drawing of the year, to be held on Friday at 11 PM. The jackpot is likely to climb even higher.

With its current value of $640 million, the winner choosing the lump sum cash option would walk away with roughly $328 million, CNN reported. The lottery says the odds of winning that jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350. In its 20-year history, the Mega Millions jackpot has only topped $600 million on five occasions. Mega Millions is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.

FDA adds new food allergen to regulatory list

Starting on January 1, 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be adding sesame to its list of major food allergens as defined by law. Sesame seeds will join a list that includes milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Sesame allergy symptoms include coughing, itchy throat, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth rash, shortness of breath, wheezing, and drops in blood pressure, CNN reported.

Sesame is in dozens of ingredients but not always listed by name. It will now be subject to food allergen regulatory requirements, which include labeling and manufacturing.

Teen swallows deadly man-o’-war jellyfish

A teenage boy accidentally swallowed a jellyfish after the venomous stinging predator climbed into his mouth while he was swimming at Bondi Beach in Australia, the New York Post reported. It is not known how the jellyfish made its way into the 18-year-old’s mouth or if it was dead or alive when he swallowed it.

The boy managed to make his way back to shore, where he was treated by lifeguards. He was then transported to the hospital, where he spent Christmas day. The jellyfish was a Portuguese man o’ war, known as a blue bottle in Australia. It has numerous venomous microscopic nematocysts that deliver a painful sting powerful enough to kill fish. These jellyfish occasionally kill humans.

World’s second-tallest building to be completed in 2023

What is soon to be the world’s second-tallest building is poised for completion in 2023. Merdeka 118, located in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, stands at a height of over 2227 feet and is one of only four so-called “mega tall” skyscrapers – those standing over 600 meters (1969 feet) – in the world, CNN reported. The world’s tallest building is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.