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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. -- In North St. Louis County, police officers are giving away lottery tickets to whomever they choose, an order from their Chief.

"He said, 'We're going to give away lottery tickets' and we're like, 'Huh?!" said Lt. Clay Farmer.

Lt. Farmer could have given a driver a regular ticket for running a stop sign, but instead gave her a Powerball ticket.

He stopped another driver for a cracked windshield.

The smile on that driver's face said it all.

"So now if you win it, you won't have to worry about that crack. You'll get you a whole new car," Farmer told him.

"It's all about community. Community, Community, Community," Farmer said.

And when asked how he'd feel if one of his recipients actually wins?

"That would be awesome! As bad as I want to win, it's not about me. It's about this community."

Tickets are being paid for by officers themselves.

"You get in this profession because you say you want to help people. 1.4 billion would be a lot of help," said Runge.

Their goal was to give out 100 Powerball tickets. Tuesday evening they were more than halfway there.