A stay-at-home mom from Valley Stream is the latest winner of the Win $1,000,000 a Year for Life scratch-off game from the New York Lottery, lottery officials said. The 37-year-old woman is one of 10 Long Island lottery game players who will celebrate big pay days when they collect oversized checks -- and very real prizes -- at a ceremony Thursday morning at the lottery customer service center in Garden City. -- JOHN VALENTI
Suffolk County Police Chief of Department James Burke said Thursday morning every effort is being made to catch the man who grabbed a middle school student's waist from behind in Greenlawn only to be scared off when she punched him in the face. The Elwood Middle School student, 13, was on the way to her bus stop Tuesday morning when she was attacked, police said. -- JOHN VALENTI
Work Session: The Southampton Town Board will hold a work session tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Town Hall (116 Hampton Rd.) to prepare for next week’s regular town board meeting. Check Stacey Altherr’s Twitter updates @staceyaltherr.
Year of Dragon: The beginning of the Chinese New Year will be celebrated Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center (97 Main St., Stony Brook Village Center). Check Patrick Whittle’s Twitter updates @pxwhittle.
Appointments: The Islip Town Board meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Town Hall (655 Main St.) to consider resolutions appointing recently retired Suffolk County Police Officer Gregory Byrne as commissioner of public safety and former Suffolk commissioner of parks Joseph Montuori as town parks department commissioner. Check Sarah Crichton’s Twitter updates @scrichton.