Monday Briefing: Winning Take Five ticket purchased at Handy Pantry in Mattituck

COURTESY PHOTO | A $45,000 Take Five winner was purchased at Mattituck Handy Pantry.

Two months ago, a girl I went to high school with won a $208 million Megamillions jackpot with a ticket she bought at the King Kullen up the road from my house.

Last week, I read about another woman who won a $1 million Lotto prize at the 7-Eleven closest to my house.

Now, I’ve learned that someone claimed a more than $45,000 Take Five prize at Handy Pantry right down the road from my office in Mattituck.

I guess I can’t be too upset when I never even buy lottery tickets.

The latest winner, Harry Pumillo, won his prize during the Feb. 3 Take Five drawing. His gross payout: $45,102.

It may not be megamillions, but even after taxes, that will be a nice cash haul.

I can think of a few ways to spend it; what would you do with that type of payout?

• Speaking of cash hauls, kudos to the more than three dozen people who braved the snow-rain mix Saturday to participate in Cash Mob in downtown Riverhead. Check out our pics from the event.

• Four local winter track athletes have qualified for states.

• Tonight’s North Fork Environmental Council meeting will cover a number of topics that are important to many North Forkers.

• Winterfest got under way this weekend, and in case you missed it, we took photos and shot video at a couple events. The North Fork wine and jazz series continues on weekends through March 18. Here’s a complete calendar of events courtesy of our Wine Press blog.