For the first time since Lost introduced us to the fear of a certain series of numbers, they have finally paid off in a lottery. The ridiculously huge Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday night featured four of the six numbers that "cursed" the character of Hurley on the show.
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With the jackpot up to $380 million, there had been buzz aplenty before the drawing. Two lucky ticket holders actually got the six matching numbers and will share in the grand jackpot. But it's the combination of four out of the six Lost
numbers that's getting all the press.
The winning numbers on Tuesday were 4, 8, 15, 25 and 47 with a Mega Ball of 42. That's pretty close to the 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 that made Hugo Reyes (aka Hurley) the winner of a record-high lottery jackpot. Hurley's numbers unfortunately also seemed to curse the man, bringing death, fire, arrests and eventually a plane crash.
According to the Mega Millions website
, 25,587 people had three numbers plus the Mega Ball. Damon Lindelof, one of Lost
's co-creators, tweeted
that 9078 of those winners (each of whom will receive $150) had specifically played Hurley's numbers for the win.
The resulting excitement has taken over the Internet. Several sites with early announcements of the pop-culture numbers ended up crashing with the traffic. The official Mega Millions website
felt the fervor as well and featured a note stating:
"Due to unprecedented traffic, our regular web site has been temporarily minimized to provide access to the greatest number of players possible."
It will be interesting, in the coming weeks, to see if any of the winners begin to complain about their luck -- good or bad. Hopefully, if there is any bad luck, it will be proportionally smaller than Hurley's. $150 is so not worth a curse.
numbers have provided a payout significantly lower than Hurley's, but that's probably OK. Winning the jackpot with all of the numbers would be kind of terrifying.(Image courtesy of ABC)