A stuntman who has stood in for some of Hollywood’s hottest actors is celebrating after winning a National Lottery jackpot of £7,544,200 on Wednesday 10 December, 2008. Mark Lisbon, who is 42, credited his partner Jane Surtees for picking the numbers that won him the life-changing rollover prize.
Mark has performed stunts for a host of A-list actors, including Johnny Depp and Gary Oldman, and he is currently the stunt co-ordinator on ITV’s weekly police drama Heartbeat. Movies that have benefited from Mark’s work include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Tomb Raider and Batman Returns.
Being a stuntman is more a vocation than a job, so it isn’t surprising that Mark has no intention of quitting. However, he will no doubt enjoy the fact that he is now able to enjoy top-billing of his own in the financial stakes. Mark has two children from a previous relationship and Jane has five children.
Speaking at a press conference in Goathland, North Yorkshire, this lottery winner explained that the numbers that won the £7.5 million fortune had been picked by his partner Jane. “It's Jane's win, not mine,” he said. “I still have to earn a living.”
Jane is a longstanding fan of the UK lottery, and has played regularly ever since it was launched in November, 1994. She is now coming to terms with the fact that she and Mark have realised the dream that every other player shares: that of winning a multi-million pound lottery rollover jackpot.
“It is unbelievable,” she said. “Last week, I went to a family wedding and I was so skint I couldn't afford to eat anything other than prawn cocktail crisps and pickled eggs in my room.”
But the situation is now completely different, and there isn’t much that the couple couldn’t afford. “I still can't get my head round it,” Jane continued, “but it is very exciting.”Monday 15th December 2008
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