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Speeding Fla. Drivers Issued Lottery Tickets

12/26/2013 11:54 am ET

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Police in a central Florida city have been issuing scratch-off lottery tickets instead of speeding fines to Christmas Day travelers.

By early Wednesday afternoon, Melbourne Police officers had handed out 30 lottery tickets along with warnings to drivers caught speeding or violating other traffic laws.

Sgt. Jamie Rocque was quoted by Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1eETQiM ) as saying that officers bought the lottery tickets with their own money to spread a bit of holiday cheer while ensuring public safety.

"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 in the video above.

When asked if any of the tickets were winners, he told the paper, “I don’t know, but we wish them well."

Sgt. Jamie Rocque was quoted by Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1eETQiM ) as saying that officers bought the lottery tickets with their own money to spread a bit of holiday cheer while ensuring public safety.

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), http://www.floridatoday.com

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