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Motorists were given a gift when pulled over for speeding on Christmas Day

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According to ABC News on Dec. 26, motorists in Melbourne, Florida were given a special gift when they were pulled over by police officers for speeding on Christmas Day.

Traffic officers wanted to spread holiday cheer, so they gave scratch-off lottery tickets along with a warning or actual citation.

To about 30 speeding motorists, officers gave a lottery ticket and said, "Happy Holidays and drive safely."

Sgt. Sheridan Shelley of the Melbourne Police Department told ABC News:

"This was an idea that was generated by the officers who were working yesterday. This was money that came out of the pockets of the officers. This was just the officers doing a community service, teaching public safety and giving back to the community."

Shelley said his department has received varying reactions to the lottery tickets; however, he explains that the officers were not rewarding bad driving behavior. Instead the officers were trying to get the point across and making it memorable by surprising people with something other than a traffic ticket.

No one knows if the ticket distributed were winning tickets or not.

Sgt. Shelly wants people to know that this was strictly a one-time deal from the Melbourne Police Department. He said:

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

What would your reaction be if you were given a scratch-off lottery ticket when you expected to get a speeding ticket?

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