Hull FC fan tickled pink with £12.5k Lucky13 Lottery win
A RUGBY fan is celebrating after clinching £12,500 at Hull FC's community lottery fund.
The Black and Whites' new Lucky13 Lottery, which was launched earlier this year, has delivered its second major winner, with Tony Sinclair winning £12,500 in the latest monthly draw.
Formerly known as the Youth In The Community Lottery, it provides vital funds to a range of community projects as well as helping develop some of the region's brightest young rugby league talent.
With the £2,500 monthly prize rolling over, the cash had been steadily climbing before Mr Sinclair struck lucky and walked away with one of the biggest cheques in the lottery's history.
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Having watched the jackpot rollover for the past four months, Mr Sinclair, who has been a member of the lottery for four years, said he could not believe his luck when he scooped the top prize in the club's latest draw last week.
He said: "I couldn't believe it when I received the call.
"I was asked if I was sitting down, but I was standing up and I nearly dropped the phone when I found out.
"As the days went by, I started to think it was a wind-up. The money is going straight in the bank until it sinks in that I've won.
"There's a part of me that won't quite believe it until the cheque clears.
"It's a huge amount of money and I'm so lucky to be the one who has won."
Mr Sinclair is already looking at giving some of his winnings away to a good cause.
He said: "I want to make a donation back to the club's community work and spend some on the house.
"I'm also planning to give some to my sister to help her look after my niece.
"She's looking after her on her own and it's expensive when they're that age.
"If there's some left over, I might treat myself to a holiday to somewhere a bit different, too."
The Lucky13 Lottery supports a host of community and sports-based causes.
The lottery funding also makes invaluable contributions to the club's youth development programmes including a £15,000 donation towards the creation of the club's new Bonus Youth Performance and Community Centre in Pickering Road.
Other sports facilities and individual athletes from the area, as well as schools and community groups, have also benefited from the funding of the lottery.
Local netball star Lucy Richardson was one such recipient earlier this year.
Hull FC's head of communications, media and marketing, James Clark, said: "The Lucky13 Lottery continues to grow from strength to strength and all that work and support from the members really comes to a head when you get to witness where the money goes and meet winners like Tony.
"The money will certainly be enjoyed by Mr Sinclair and I think it is a magnificent gesture for him to donate some of his winnings back to the causes we support.
"Lucky13 is proving to make a significant difference locally, not only within the world of Hull FC in helping nurture some of rugby league's brightest young players, but outside the club, through community work, sports initiatives and funding projects.
"All the members and staff play an integral part in making this possible. Everyone at Hull FC and the Lucky13 Lottery would like to congratulate Mr Sinclair on his win."
Those wishing to take part in the lottery pay £1 a week by signing up to the Lucky13 Lottery for £4 a month.
This can be done online at www.hullfcshop.com, over the phone on 01482 618383 or in person at the Hull FC offices at the KC Stadium.