You’ve seen him numerous times on the big screen, although you probably don’t know his name.
Well, if you live in England, now you probably do because the most magical thing that could ever happen (short of a sheer miracle — not that winning a lottery isn’t a small miracle) did, to stuntman who has appeared in numerous movies, like the Harry Potter series, Tomb Raider and Batman Returns.
Last week, it was no stunt when he won a UK rollover lottery worth 7 million pounds. That comes to about $10.559 million dollars.
Mark Lisbon, 42, has his partner Jane Surtees to thank after she picked the winning numbers in last Wednesday’s U.K. Lotto rollover jackpot.
Lisbon, who doubled for Gary Oldman as Sirius Black in the film Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban said the enormity of the prize money has not sunk in.
“I think both of us feel empty really,” he said to English newspapers. “It is not what you expect, when you actually do hear that news you expect to be jumping for joy ” it’s not like that.”
Surtees added, “It’s such a huge thing to take on board.”
Lisbon, who has two sons from a previous relationship, said he intended to carry on working as a stuntman.
He added, “It’s Jane’s win, not mine. I still have to earn a living.”
Lisbon, has also doubled for other famous Hollywood A-listers including Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr.
One priorities on Jane’s shopping list includes a replacement for her battered Fiesta car and a holiday.
She added. “The family are secure now for the rest of their lives. That’s the main thing and, boy, are we going to have some fun!”
“It is unbelievable. Last week I went to a family wedding and was so skint I couldn’t even afford to eat anything over than prawn cocktail crisps and pickled eggs in my room. I still can’t get my head round it but it is very exciting.”
Surtees revealed that she has been playing the Lotto since it started in 1994 and always uses the same numbers which are based on family birthdays and lucky numbers.
“I think positive, I’m optimistic. I always thought we would win, it’s everybody’s dream.”
Indeed it is Jane. Mine, yours, and everyone who reads this blog.
In the U.S., Tomorrow night’s Mega Millions jackpot is $12 million.
Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot has grown to $50 million.
And Friday night’s Euro Millions jackpot is 12 million Euros, or about $19.4 million U.S.
Good luck everyone.