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Magic numbers?

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.


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