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Florida cops have a Christmas surprise: Speeders 'cited' with lottery tickets

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Police in Melbourne, Florida on Christmas had a bit of a different approach when it came to addressing lead foots whipping around on Christmas Day. Motorists who were pulled over for speeding were greeted with scratch-off lottery tickets, reports Yahoo! news on Dec. 26.

At least 30 scratch-off game tickets were handed out to speeders and other traffic violators, although many of them also received tickets and citations.

The tickets were paid out of pocket by the police, and the idea was simply to spread a little holiday cheer.

“We’re just doing a little bit of a different technique,” said Melbourne Police Sgt. Jamie Rocque.

“When we pull the motorists over, we’re also giving them the scratch-off tickets that the officers bought with their own personal funds. It’s something good to do in light of the holidays. We’re getting a lot of surprised looks…people don’t know what to say,” Rocque said.

When asked if the lottery and speeding ticket combos may continue post-Christmas, Sgt. Sheridan Shelley made certain everyone knew the holiday cheer had run out.

“I can tell you right now that no one is getting lottery tickets today,” Shelley said. “Hopefully nobody has it in their mind to speed and expect to receive a lotto ticket — that was a one-shot deal for Christmas.”

Shelley said he hopes the unusual experience with law enforcement was a positive one.

“This was an idea that was generated by the officers who were working yesterday,” Shelley said. “This was just the officers doing a community service, teaching public safety and giving back to the community.”

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