updated 01/05/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/05/2011 AT 11:25 AM ET
In an eerie echo of the numbers that haunted Lost character Hugo “Hurley” Reyes, four of the six numbers drawn in the $355 million Mega Millions lottery Tuesday night matched those of the likable islander, who believed his luck was cursed.
In the show, Hurley – played by Jorge Garcia – won $114 million in a lottery with the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.
Tuesday’s Mega Millions numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and 42, with 42 being the Mega Ball number. Anyone who played those four of Hurley’s numbers won about $150.
The series of six numbers in the show followed Hurley throughout, popping up in other contexts before Lost creators finally revealed the digits’ meaning towards the end of show’s run.
The coincidence wasn’t lost on Damon Lindelof, one of the hit show’s creators, who Tweeted Wednesday that “9,078 people played Hurley’s numbers in the MegaMillions tonight, each winning $150.”