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Lost numbers come up in US lottery

The numbers from the TV show Lost recently came up for real in a US multi-state lottery.

Two people recenrly won the jackpot in the US Mega Millions multi-state lottery, with each winner receiving $190 million.

But the more interesting story was the fact that 26,000 people won $150 by playing the six lottery numbers from the TV show Lost.

If you aren’t familiar with the series – which involved a bunch of people stranded on a mysterious island – one of the main characters, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia), won the lottery playing the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42.

The also appear throughout the series as a numerical easter egg: they add up to 108 (another recurring number in the series), the button in the hatch had to be pushed every 108 minutes and Hurley comes across them in documents on the island.

In the episode ‘Numbers’, we see the run of bad luck Hurley has after winning the lottery and Garcia recently blogged (jokingly) that the numbers were bad and posted a picture of a $100 and a $50 bill with the word “Cursed” stamped over them.

To add to the intrigue, all of this happened in the same week that two other Lost-style events occurred when thousands of fish died in South Carolina and dead birds fell from the sky in Arkansas.

ABC must be regretting that the show ended last year, as this would be great publicity if it was still on.

>LA Times on the story
> More on the mythology of Lost at Wikipedia