We have long said goodbye to the mysterious island, and even though some of us are still analyzing the Lost finale, those mega Losties that have been holding onto Hurley's winning lottery numbers finally received a payout.
It may not have been a multimillion-dollar win, but Hurley's numbers matched up enough to last night's Mega Millions Numbers that the lotto winners won $150. Not too shabby! Hurley's numbers were 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 and the winning Mega Millions Number was 4, 8, 15, 25, and 47 ... with 42 being the Mega Ball number. Two folks won the big jackpot, which means they'll split $355 million, the second largest grand prize ever.
Hope these winners keep in mind that winning the lottery isn't all that it's cracked up to be. The Lost lottery curse myth has been proven to be true in many instances -- according to reports, there are 13 to be exact (weird!). Check out three of the saddest cases:
A 43-year-old truck driver named Abraham Shakespeare won $31 million from the Florida lottery in 2006. He was immediately hounded from friends and family begging for money. He also received accusations of threats for stealing the winning ticket, and his girlfriend and "financial advisor" managed to screw him out of a total of $1.8 million before she allegedly killed him. She was immediately a suspect and in proclaiming her innocence, she said, "Abraham had a life of drama because of the money. The money was like a curse to him. And now it has become a curse to me.”
In 1991, Ibi Roncaioli won $5 million in the Canadian lottery. She had alcohol- and gambling-abuse problems and quickly burned through the winnings, hiding it from her doctor husband and children, keeping them in heavy debt. When her husband found out how bad their financial situation was, he injected her with two anesthetics and left her there to die. He was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 7 years in prison.
In 2002, West Virginian Jack Whittacker won $315 million in the Powerball multi-state lottery, which was, at the time, the largest jackpot won by a single person. He was already worth millions, and pledged 10% of his winnings to various charities. Then came the legal problems. Within a two-year time span, he had already spent $3 million in lawsuits against his business, and became a depressed alcoholic. He was a victim of several burglaries, and things spiraled downward even further when his granddaughter's boyfriend was found dead in his home from an accidental drug overdose. His granddaughter herself then went missing, and eventually was found dead, also from an overdose. Six weeks later, his wife filed for divorce and in 2009, and his daughter was found dead (overdose again). So within seven years of winning the lottery, Jack had lost his family and fortune. When reached for comment, Whittaker said, “I wish I’d torn that ticket up."
Do you believe in the Lost lottery curse?
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