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At the beginning of the game, you receive a telegram which tells you to avoid the number 77. Further down the line, during the chapter, you enter a raffle in which the number you pick is 77, and ends up leading to your first "firefight".

I'm curious as to whether or not the number 77 plays a role anywhere else?

Side question: Who sent the telegram?

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I so much love such lore questions. –  iber Mar 28 '13 at 10:36
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The number 77 is not important besides the fact that Booker picks it. The telegram is sent by one of the Lutece siblings.

Ending game SPOILERS:

That number is practically picked by Booker in all dimensions (a "constant") and that is why Robert Lutece, by using that telegram, attempts to prevent it from happening as a "scientific" bet against Rosalind Lutece.
Both Robert and Rosalind are having a "bet" on whether they can, or not, significantly change the timeline while having the same initial variables and constants. Robert believes that they can (and is losing the bet), Rosalind does not.

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Wow. Insightful. Good answer! –  DISREGARD MODS ACQUIRE REP Mar 28 '13 at 14:33
    
Booker's Pinkerton badge (in his office and in the loading screens) also features the number 727 and he was in the 7th cavalry regiment. –  Ingmar Apr 1 '13 at 13:48
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