At the moment I think the answer comes down to whether you think it's a case of fate or coincidence. It might get answered though, because if it turns out people like Ms. Hawkins are somehow manipulating events, then they would be behind it. Because he was out fighting that other dude and didn't back in time. The electromagnetic implosion somehow connected him to the time travel shenanigans of the island, I think. Have you read Watchmen? I think it's basically the same as what happens to Dr. Manhattan in that. Yeah, I'm hoping they go back to that. The Valenzetti Equation - Lostpedia Why those numbers were what won Hurley the lottery is, again, a matter of if you believe in fate or coincidence. I don't think it will be as simple as just saying "the island is special". For example, they might say that the main thing that makes the island special is however they end up explaining the time travel aspect, and that will implicitly explain a number of other mysteries. lol, the first 6 episodes of season 3 were universally met with disappointment, and when the show returned after a short break, the promos were all about how "big" secrets were gonna be revealed... such as Jack's tattoo [funny] I think his tattooes are kind of an in joke now.