Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) from ABC's "Lost" was a lottery winner with some major bad luck. Throughout the 6 seasons of "Lost" Hugo was known for his comic relief. In the last season he developed into a more serious character and was given more responsibility. Because of Hugo's big heart and the desire to break his bad luck curse he formed relationships with many other characters. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and Hugo formed a strong bond after the plane crash until the very last episode where Hugo took over as protector of the island from Jack. He had a short-lived romance with Libby Smith (Cynthia Watros), formed a strong friendship with Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan), who tragically died but visited Hugo in death, and as the series ended took Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) as his advisor on the island.
Hugo's father left him and his family when he was a child which led to Hugo's comfort eating. He was convinced that when he stepped on a deck that collapsed killing 2 people, (the deck was designed for a few people but already had 23 people on it), that it was his entire fault. His mother sent him to an institution because of his constant over-eating and concern for his mental health. In the institution he met a patient that kept mumbling the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. After being released he decided to play those numbers in the lottery. Hugo won the lottery and kept increasing his wealth. After winning a lottery one would think that their luck would change but this didn't happen for Hugo. After a series of mishaps which included him being mistakenly arrested for being a drug dealer, a meteorite slamming into his fast food restaurant, and the house he bought for his mother burning down, Hugo becomes convinced that the numbers are cursed. He travels to Australia after the patient says that Sam Toomey is the only one that can explain the numbers to him. After arriving in Australia Hugo visits Toomey's wife (Jayne Taini ) who proceeds to tell Hugo that her husband committed suicide because of the bad luck he had after winning money with the same numbers. Hugo decides to return to the United States but faces obstacles at the airport and barely makes it to the gate to board his plane. The plane crashes and naturally Hugo thinks it is his fault. He decides to keep the lottery winnings a secret.
After the crash Hugo remains friendly, upbeat, and helpful. He even finds a set of golf clubs in one of the island caves and makes a golf course for everyone to enjoy, relieve stress, and have a sense of normalcy in their lives. Hugo hears whispers throughout the island, witnesses a smoke monster, and finally discovers he can communicate with the dead.
In the alternate time-line Hugo is the luckiest man alive. Everything works perfectly for him. He is charitable with his money, owns a chicken franchise, and a temp agency. The only thing that Hugo cannot seem to find is love. As luck would have it he runs into Libby at a Mexican restaurant. She sits with him and tells him that they were meant to be together. Her doctor sees this and takes her back to the mental institution. After making a significant donation to the institute he is allowed to visit Libby. Hugo invites her out on a date and they go to the beach for a picnic and end up kissing. They both have flashbacks of being in the institution and on the island. Hugo assures Libby she is not crazy.
"Never say never, dude."
"No need to freak out? You're dead!! What do you expect me to do?"
"Great idea dude, go look in the burning death hole."