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Hi, new visitor here.
a few interesting things i noticed about the code:
The numbers on the left page are all less than 26 (24 actually, but when they're under 26, the code might correspond to an alphabet)
The last line on the right page has all 2's, 7's and 1's (none of the other lines have so many repeats of digits)
The number of digits in each line are:
6, 6, 8, 6 (left page)
6, 6, 7, 7 (right page)
The rhythm almost seems like a poem...
This blog has been great for helping me through the main puzzle, but this Lotto ticket is really bugging me. A couple of things I've noticed while trying to figure out the INDEXED LISTS clue:
The JJA logos are spread throughout the magazine in some odd places. There are 20 in total: the cover, and pages 3, 6, 10, 14, 17, 34, 45, 46, 48, 55, 79, 81, 82, 87, 93, 103, 108, 117, and 123. Not sure what we can do with this list, but some of these numbers appear in the "Lottogram".
Looking at indexes literally, I checked out the table of contents - there are exactly 42 numbers listed on pages 3-4, which is the same as the Mega Number on the ticket. Does 42 mean anything, or is it just a nod to Hitchhiker's Guide?
In Lost, 4, 8 , 15, 16, 23, and 42 are "special" numbers. One of the characters wins the lotto with the numbers but it brings him bad luck. The numbers also appear hidden throughout the series. One other thing to note is that they add up to 108. That number has appeared in the series as well.
However, I'm not sure that the code will require knowledge of the significance of the numbers in the series. but hey, more knowledge is better than less :)
(@Kevin S.: I find it hard to think that Wired would restrict possible contenders to only those who know Lost, etc. Not to mention it seems that JJ's philosophy on mystery is that everyone should engage... I could be wrong, though; it's just me following my gut.)
Taking and running with Matt's idea, I played with the idea of a Beale Cipher (http://www.braingle.com/brainteasers/codes/beale.php), but no luck yet. Anyone else try something like this?
I'm trying to keep my thinking simple. Most of the other codes were.
That number 117 is going to be the death of me. Must... not... sleep...