No more grumbling about how there was never any real payoff to the famous “Lost” numbers sequence (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42). 9,376 people are $150 dollars richer for playing them in the January 4th Mega Millions lottery. (The specific number comes courtesy of the shows’s creator Damon Lindelof’s Twitter.) Four of the numbers that the character of Hurley used to wins hundreds of millions of dollars in the lottery matched four of the actual winning numbers: 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, 42. It remains to be seen whether all of the winning “Lost” fans will now be cursed for the rest of their lives like Hurley was.
The most shocking aspect of the story: so many people are still playing the “Lost” numbers months after the show aired its finale. That seems so 2005. Perhaps they have all been playing those numbers every months since the show’s first season. Though the show can take credit for giving thousands of people enough money to buy several weeks worth of groceries, two lucky people, who presumably were not influenced by “Lost,” hit all six of the Mega Million numbers and will split a whopping 355 million dollar jackpot. They will now be wealthy enough to buy their favorite fast food restaurant chain and move to a deserted island if they choose.
The moral of the story is that if you play a series of numbers with pop cultural significance, and you win, you will end up splitting the jackpot with a lot of other people who had the same idea.