Christmas Miracle? Some speeding Florida drivers issued lottery tickets instead of citations

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Police in a central Florida city handed out scratch-off lottery tickets instead of speeding tickets to Christmas Day travelers.

Melbourne police officers said they gave away more than 30 lottery tickets along with warnings to drivers caught speeding or making other traffic violations.

Sgt. Jamie Rocque told Florida Today that officers bought the lottery tickets with their own money to spread a bit of holiday cheer while ensuring public safety.

Rocque says the officers got "a lot of surprised looks."

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