Hugh Jackman buys the crew members on his movies 500 lottery tickets every Friday.

The actor began his generous tradition as a way of getting his colleagues on side when he first began acting in the US because he was "embarrassed" he didn't know who they were.

Speaking at a press conference for 'Real Steel' at Claridge's hotel in London, he told BANG Showbiz: "It's my way of paying taxes. The very first film I did In America, I was embarrassed to say two months in that I didn't know half of the crew's names. So I thought that on a Friday afternoon I'll whip by and buy lottery tickets for everyone and hand them out saying it's an Australian tradition - but it's not.

"I buried myself, because from that moment on I have never had a Friday off from filming. If I'm not called, they find a reason to call me. They were terrified that if I don't turn up, half the crew won't turn up either!"

After buying tens of thousands of lottery tickets over the years the 43-year-old star doesn't advise people to play because no-one has won more than $110.

He said: "I can tell you right now, do not buy lottery tickets - I've been doing this for 10 to 12 years and the most anyone has ever won is $110."