Bet the lottery with 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 - and you win $156 million. At
least, that's what happened to Hurley on Lost.
But then he started having bad luck, too. Injuries to relatives,
unlucky backgammon rolls - even the plane crash?
It turns out he'd heard
the numbers recited, over and over again, by a hospital in-patient. Who
got them from a military man in Australia. Who'd heard them transmitted
from a mysterious island in the middle of the ocean....
There is a pattern to the numbers. The distance between the first
five numbers is 4, 7, 1, 7. (4, 4+3, 4-3, 4+3). And if you add those
differences up, you get 19 - the distance between the fifth and sixth number.
After the episode aired, 215 people
rushed to Michigan's
"Mega Millions jackpot," and
bet 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42.
And they lost.