A STUDENT is celebrating after hitting the Hartlepool United jackpot.
Lifelong Pools supporter Kayleigh Thompson scooped the £5,000 top prize after her name was drawn out of the club’s season ticket prize draw.
The 23 year old said she was “delighted” to have won and plans to put the money towards her first house.
Kayleigh has been going to Victoria Park for as long as she can remember and has been a season ticket holder for the past few seasons.
She said: “I was delighted when I found out I had won the top prize. I couldn’t believe it.
“I bought my season ticket quite early on but I didn’t really think about winning the cash prize.
“I live at home at the moment but I am looking to get my own place so the money will go towards that, which is a big help.”
Kayleigh, who has just finished her first year of a sports therapy course at Teesside University, lives on the Central Estate with mum Julie Walker, 48, and brother Dan Thompson, 21.
Kayleigh, whose favourite player is midfielder Paul Murray, added: “I am really looking forward to the new season and I think we can make a push for the play-offs.
“It has been another good season ticket offer so hopefully the crowds will be good again this season.”
Kayleigh attends the home matches in the Niramax stand with her brother Dan and she will be taking her five-year-old niece Shannon Hanson for the first time this season.
Kayleigh also has an older sister Emma Hanson, 25, who is Shannon’s mum.
Each supporter that brought a season ticket before July 31 was entered into the prize draw to win one of three cash prizes.
The club sold just short of 4,000 season tickets during the summer after making season tickets available for £155.
Kayleigh won the £5,000 first prize, while Keith Lockey, who stands on the Niramax terrace won £3,000 and Andrew Ryan £2,000.
Keith, 49, is a life-long fan from Fishburn, while Andrew, 34, from Hartlepool, stands in the Hartlepool College of Further Education stand.
Pools boss Neale Cooper did the honours with the draw at the club’s offices in Clarence Road.
The club’s chief executive, Russ Green, said: “It has been a brilliant initiative and we are delighted for Kayleigh.
“Times are hard for a lot of people at the moment and we wanted to carry on the momentum from last season’s £100 season ticket offer and reward fans for their continued support.
“The three cash prizes have gone to three people who are all big Pools fans.”
The prizes will be presented by club legend Brian Honour on the pitch before today’s League One game with Swindon Town at The Vic.