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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

When playing the 'Lost' numbers is not bad luck

By Jen Chaney

9,078 people played Hurley's numbers in the MegaMillions tonight, each winning $150. #THATSSORAVENless than a minute ago via web

Yes, as "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof already noted via Twitter, some Mega Millions hopefuls actually dared to play Hurley's lottery numbers: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. And this time, it didn't lead to the deaths of Grandpa Tito or Tricia Tanaka.

In a mind-blowing coincidence that once again proves the world revolves around "Lost" even though it's no longer on television, the winning numbers in the Mega Millions lottery came dangerously close to being those same numbers. In real life, they were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, with Mega Ball number 42. As Geekosystem explains, anyone who correctly chose three of those numbers -- approximately 25,000 "Lost" nuts, by the blog's count, even more than Lindelof's estimate -- wins $150.

It's not Hugo Reyes money, but it's something. And it's proof that, in fact, the numbers are not so bad after all.

(Thanks to BlogPost's Melissa Bell for making sure we didn't miss this delicious coincidence amidst the Wednesday morning chaos.)

By Jen Chaney  | January 5, 2011; 11:50 AM ET
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My co-worker said to me this morning "Did you hear about the lottery numbers?!?!?"

I knew immediately that the Lost numbers had come up, either some or all.

Posted by: wadejg | January 5, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hurley, dude, you ROCK.

Posted by: kbockl | January 5, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I think the Lost DVD box set is on Amazon for only $148.99... Coincidence?

Posted by: ozpunk | January 5, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hang on - it didn't lead to the death of Grandpa Tito and Patricia Tanaka YET.

Posted by: ssg3 | January 5, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, thanks for that flashback to when Lost was still good.

Posted by: ah___ | January 5, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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