Season: 1, Episodes: 1, Faction: N/A
Martha Toomey is the widow of Sam Toomey. She lost her leg in a car accident, and tells Hurley all the bad things that happened since Sam used the Numbers to win money at a fair. She also tells him not to blame his bad luck on the Numbers, and to “make his own luck”.
1×18 – Numbers
Martha invited Hurley inside for tea while she relayed the background with Sam and the numbers. She said that one night — about 16 years before Hurley’s visit — a voice appeared in the static “repeating those numbers over and over again”. Sam used the numbers to win $50,000 in a “Guess the Number of Beans” (within 10) contest at the fair in Kalgoorlie. Martha said the jar “must have been big as a pony, and it’s filled to the rim”, commenting that the man “had been running the same scam for 40 years and nobody had ever come close” until Sam hit it exactly by using all the Numbers (4,8,15,16,23,42).
On their way home from the fair, Sam and his wife were hit head-on by a truck that blew a tire on the highway, and Martha lost her leg, while Sam escaped without a scratch. Toomey blamed that, as well as future unlucky occurrences, on the Numbers. Those occurrences continued until he committed suicide “to end the curse”.
Martha told Hurley that she didn’t believe that the Numbers had any power at all, and that there wasn’t a curse. She said Hurley makes his own luck, and blaming it on the numbers was just “looking for an excuse that doesn’t exist”. (“Numbers”)
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