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41,763 Hurleys Win $150 in Mega Millions Lottery
Jackpot for 'Lost' lottery numbers
Over 40,000 Mega Millions players win $150 each after matching four numbers that the 'Lost' character Hurley played for his $114-million jackpot: 4, 8, 15 and 42.
By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2011
When Mega Millions conducted its lottery drawing on Tuesday night, millions of "Lost" fans wondered, Haven't we seen those numbers before?
On the television show, the character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes played the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 and ended up winning the $114-million jackpot. In real life, the lotto's selections for its $355-million prize — 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and the crucial "Mega ball," 42 — included four of Hurley's numbers. According to the Mega Millions website, which reported receiving "unprecedented traffic" after the drawing, 41,763 people matched those four numbers, earning $150 apiece.
Of course, there's no way to tell just how many of those people were playing all of Hurley's numbers. But "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof celebrated by tweeting his own figures. "9,078 people played Hurley's numbers in the MegaMillions tonight, each winning $150," he wrote, "#THATSSORAVEN."
Jorge Garcia, the actor who played Hurley on the show, wasn't quite feeling that same warm-fuzzy vibe. "When will you people learn?" he wrote on his blog. "The numbers are bad!" At least they were for Hurley: "Lost" followers will remember that, shortly after claiming his bounty from the fictional "Mega Lotto Jackpot," Hurley discovered that his luck was cursed. His house soon burned down, and he was mistaken for a drug dealer by the police.
Awesome, although it's not a good idea to play a popular series of numbers like that if you intend to win big.
These people should keep an eye on the sky for stray meteorites.
- There are stories about what happened.
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