Hugo "Hurley" Reyes became a multi-millionaire by playing the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 during the lottery. But wealth isn't everything, and after a series of terribly unfortunate events, poor Hurley became convinced that the numbers were cursed -- indeed, the numbers were bad.
But those cursed numbers haven't stopped Lost fans from using them towards the lotto, it seems, and those who have continually clung onto the dreaded sequence were rewarded with victory on Tuesday. Multiple sources are reporting that Tuesday's numbers for the Mega Millions lottery were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, with 42 occupying the Mega slot. That's a mere $150 compared to Hurley's $156 mil, but still, those numbers have certainly paid off for Lost fans that relied on the huggable Hurley's digits. Just one problem: don't these people remember that the numbers are cursed?!?!
Members of the Lost community have spoken out about the lotto win, including:
Damon Lindelof: “I was tempted to buy a lotto ticket when I heard about the huge jackpot, but I never would've played the LOST numbers as the show clearly stated they were cursed and I'm a nervous enough flier as it is.”
Carlton Cuse: "I'm sure there is a larger, mystical reason this happened, but in this case if it never gets explained, don't blame me or Damon."
Jorge Garcia: "When will you people learn. The numbers are bad! Enjoy your cursed [money]."
Indeed, Hurley had some bad luck. (Spoiler Warning, folks.) His beloved grandfather died of a sudden heart attack on national television, the new home he bought for his mother burned to the ground shortly after she broke her ankle, he barely caught his flight from Sydney to Los Angeles after stumbling through various and hilarious mishaps and, well, he crashed on a not-so-deserted Island filled with kidnapping natives and manipulative and destructive conmen made out of inexplicable black smoke. Sure, it wasn't all peachy. But you know what else happened to Hurley? He became the ruler of said Island, taking the mantle from Jacob and Jack to become its ageless and all-powerful ruler. None of that would have happened had Hurley not won that cursed pile of cash, and in the end, his presence on the Island was a world-saving development.
So, those of you who won a little bit of side cash by using the Lost lotto numbers, don't let guys like Lindelof, Cuse or even Garcia make you feel like a dweeb. Some day, you might be lucky enough to disappear into a remote Island, watch children get abducted on a daily basis and spend your jungletime running from smoke monsters. It could certainly be worse, right?
Eh, maybe not.