Cops Play Santa, Hand Out Lotto Tickets Along With Speeding Tickets

A speeding ticket can be awfully expensive, but police in Melbourne, FL, were giving some lead-footed motorists a chance to win enough money to pay off their citations by handing out scratch-and-win lotto tickets and speeding tickets on Christmas day.

“We’re just doing a little bit of a different technique,” a Melbourne police sergeant tells Florida Today. “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.”

Police say that by early afternoon on Wednesday they had already handed out 30 lottery tickets to speeding motorists and others pulled over for moving violations.