The Lost numbers live on in television history. However, the Lost numbers also live on in lottery history, due to how they parodied the infamous lottery curse. Over the year, many people have met with horrific luck after winning big jackpots. Yet they didn't end up like Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, who was cursed to a supernatural degree, because his winning digits were tied to the island he would one day rule. But now, not only do the Lost numbers tie to a famed TV lottery, but to an historic real life one as well.Every fan of the famed show knows about 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42, as they brought terrible luck to Hurley and his fellow castaways. This has made the fanatical fans go nuts whether those digits play into real life as well.
Today, the Lost numbers have achieved a new level of fame and infamy – in a lottery, no less. Almost five years since Hurley played the lottery and won, two players from Idaho and Washington state split a $380 million jackpot – with help from 4, 8, 15 and 42.
Just like Hurley, these players had 4, 8, and 15 lead off their winning tickets. And just like Hurley, the final selection was 42, which gave them their mega jackpot. Therefore, just like Hurley, they are likely destined to bring horrific luck, curses, meteors, place crashes, and the ability to see ghosts.
But just because these people chose so many Lost numbers, does that mean they are cursed? If the worst does fall on them, it would likely be credited to the real life trend of cursed lottery winners. While the likes of Mega Millions and Powerball can give out big bucks, not everyone can handle it, and not everyone is happier with their new life.
That may be what helped inspire Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to come up with their original idea. The show draws from real life situations, trends and problems, and amps them up to an insane, often nonsensical level. One of the greatest examples was what they did with 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42, as they wrecked havoc beyond Hurley's curse.
No one can explain the power of the Lost numbers – and many argue that Lindelof and Cuse didn't even try. However, for those who doubt that they do have power in real life, Mega Millions likely converted them last night. It would have been one thing for this to happen in a normal drawing, but to have it decide the second greatest lottery jackpot ever is something else.
But for those fans who used the Lost numbers, they only got $150 for their faith. Yet considering what befell the last person to play so many of these digits, they may not mind so much. Still, since Hurley ultimately got to rule the island, and find out what it was, maybe these players will survive their coming nightmare too.