Why Playing The ‘Lost’ Lottery Numbers Is Actually Really Dumb

Fans of TV series ‘Lost’ were thrilled to find 4 of the 6 ‘Lost’ lottery numbers came up on the US Mega Millions (4th January).

Enthusiastic ‘Lost’ fans who played the numbers collected $150 each.

The ‘Lost’ numbers are a set of numbers made significant by cropping up in various guises throughout the series. But most significantly appearing in an episode called ‘Numbers’ in the 1st season of the show back in 2005. The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 win a jackpot in a flashback sequence for character Hurley.

Now the problem is that ‘Lost’ was hugely popular. That one episode alone was seen when broadcast by 18.8 million people in the US alone.

So it should come as no real surprise to find more than 25,587 people won the $150 prize in that draw.

Now, not all of those people necessarily played the ‘Lost’ numbers but given that a 3+1 match on Mega Millions typically pays out around 3,000 people – it seems there’s a lot of dumb people out there!


Because if the ‘Lost’ numbers ever hit the jackpot, you can expect to be sharing the prize with around 20,000 other ‘lucky’ winners.

On the other hand, those with a little more originality shared the jackpot of $380 Million… between the two of them!

The ‘Lost’ obsessives would be looking at a life changing sum of around $19,000 each.

Change your numbers guys!

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  • Tino

    On a related note, a few years ago, the second prize in Powerball was $200,000. Normally, there would be 4 to 5 winners of the second prize per draw.

    Then, in March of 2005, something weird happened. On one particular draw there were 110 winners. If this was random, it would be virtually impossible for something like this to happen. But it happened and lottery executives thought there might be fraud involved.

    But when winners started showing up to claim their prize, they found out what happened. They played numbers from a fortune cookie. The fortune cookie messages, of course, are mass produced; they’re not personalized at all.

    Sure, the people that played the fortune cookie numbers got lucky. But if the fortune cookie numbers matched all of the numbers and the Powerball jackpot was won, they would have been quite disappointed with the amount won.

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