Police officers in Melbourne, Fla., pulled over speeding drivers on Christmas day and gave them tickets – lottery tickets.

Sgt. Sheridan Shelley of the Melbourne Police Department told ABC News that officers used their own money to purchase the lottery tickets.

Police in Melbourne, Fla. Give Lottery Tickets to Speeders on Christmas


“This was just the officers doing a community service, teaching public safety and giving back to the community,” Shelley said. “They [the officers] went ahead and gave a scratch-off ticket to the driver, said, ‘Happy Holidays’ and, ‘Drive Safely.’”

In addition to a lottery ticket, each driver also got a speeding warning.

“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.

The offer was a “one shot deal” on Christmas, Shelley explained. Anyone hoping to get a lottery ticket for speeding the day after Christmas will be out of luck and will probably leave with a real speeding ticket.