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Fla. Officers Gave Christmas Speeders Lottery Scratchers

December 26, 2013  | 

Motorists caught speeding to grandma’s house in Melbourne were greeted with a bittersweet Christmas Day surprise as officers doled out warnings and tickets alongside scratch-off lottery games.

The unique move was an added touch Melbourne police officers wanted to put on the normally quiet holiday traffic.

By 1 p.m. Christmas Day, more than 30 scratch-off game tickets were handed out to speeders and other traffic violators in a bid to spread holiday cheer while keeping the roads safe, police say.

“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,” Sgt. Jamie Rocque told Florida Today.

Comments (9)

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Trigger @ 12/26/2013 1:55 PM

Sure must be nice to have department money to give away!

John @ 12/26/2013 5:15 PM

The Scratch-Off's were bought by the Ofcr's own personal funds. The Ofcr's paid for the lotto tickets, no one else.

Boston @ 12/26/2013 6:39 PM

This has to be the dumbest idea I've heard in a long time. So on New Year's Eve it must be lap dances.

Boston @ 12/26/2013 6:41 PM

Reminds me of parents trying to buy their kids to like them.

S.S. @ 12/27/2013 8:06 AM

Nice gesture, I wouldn't be able to afford that with a family of 6, but good for those officers. Boston c'mon man you're way to cynical.

jay @ 12/27/2013 8:23 AM

Boston you foxtrot, uniform, Charlie, kilo, India, November, golf. Rookie

Boston @ 12/27/2013 10:57 AM

@Jay we all have an opinions, some may know more than others because they are in that department or have a friend or relative on that department. However you totally have no class to insult or slander some one on this forum.
Sorry I do not buy into providing lottery tickets for someone breaking the law their is enough of this stuff going in society these days. Just to make headlines!

Boston @ 12/27/2013 11:32 AM

@SS Cynical? Lets try this! Melbourne local newspaper headlines. One teenager killed and two injured in automobile accident. According to the two surviving occupants the driver was dong 65 mph in a 35mph zone hoping to get a lottery ticket from the Melbourne PD. Some people do think this way and this would bring one hell of a lawsuit. Melbourne Town Manager, Chief who authorized this Christmas Lottery Ticket Giveaway? Reminds me of the N.J. Troopers who lost their jobs for letting owners of six figure high performance cars race down the N.J highways last year. Sounded like a great idea at first even to me for a few seconds. Do you really think S.S. this is the correct approach for speeders?

S.S. @ 12/30/2013 8:10 AM

Well let me see I'm sure these Officers have common sense. If there was a speeder going that fast and they were stopped then Im sure they were cited, instead of being given the lotto ticket. Another thing the dumbass who was driving and killed two of his passengers was at fault and that is on him. How can you fault the officers? You Can't. Which sounds like exactly what your doing. As far as your final question to me. It was done one day out of the year what these officers did. I highly doubt that this is done on a daily basis. C'MON MAN!! It sounds like to me like you need a HUG or something.

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