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Florida drivers receive lottery tickets for traffic violations on Christmas

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Being pulled over for speeding on Christmas Day is a definite way to ruin anyone's holiday spirit, unless you happened to be speeding in Melbourne, FL. On Dec. 26, 2013, ABC News reported several speeders were given scratch-off lottery tickets instead of speeding tickets when stopped by officers on Christmas Day.

Melbourne Police Sgt. Sheridan Shelly said police officers working on Christmas Day came up with the idea to issue lottery tickets with a warning as a way to give back to the community and teach public safety.

"They went ahead and gave a scratch-off ticket to the driver, said 'Happy Holidays and Drive Safely,'" said Sgt. Shelley.

Shelley said his department received mixed reactions about the decision to give out lottery tickets, but they were doing what they routinely do. The lottery tickets were not a reward for bad driving behavior, but a surprise to people while still trying to get the point across.

The lottery tickets for speeding was a one time thing to spread Christmas cheer by Sgt. Shelley and his department.

"Hopefully, nobody has it in their mind to speed and expect to receive a lotto ticket," said Shelley.

At least 30 scratch-offs were given to violators and it is not known if any of them turned out to be winners. The officers are said to have paid for the lottery tickets out of their own pockets.

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