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How Not to Get a Ticket: Ex-Cop Offers Tips

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- No driver likes getting a ticket.  So when you are pulled over, what can you do to minimize the damage to your wallet?

First, realize the risk of serious danger to the officer is quite real.

“Cops get killed on car stops,” said Jerry Kane, a retired New York Police Department officer.  Kane said if you’re pulled over, you should realize the officer will be on high alert.

“The most dangerous thing to the cop when he comes up to the car are the hands of someone, because they could hold a weapon,” he said.

Drivers and passengers have been known to come out shooting -- a fact cops are well aware of as they walk up to your vehicle.

“If he can see everybody’s hands, immediately his blood pressure goes down, his pulse gets a bit slower,” Kane said.  “If it’s nighttime, turn on the interior lights in your car.  If it’s night or day, lower all the windows on your car. … And put your hands up on the steering wheel -- high, where the cop can see them.”

This may make the officer more understanding and lenient, Kane said.

“If you were gonna get some discretion, you now set up that possibility,” he said.

The officer may then ask if you know what you did wrong.  Kane said to be apologetic, but don’t feel you have to admit anything.

“You can play dumb.  You can say, ‘What did I do?’  And if he tells you what you did, you could say, ‘I must have…you know, I just didn’t realize it,’” Kane said.

Does it work to cry?

“Only for women,” Kane said, laughing.

What if she shows a little leg?

“Since men and women were created, attractive women get more breaks,” he said.

Finally, do as Kane does: keep your speed less than 10 miles per hour over the limit.

“If you were my brother or my cousin and asked me, that’s what I would tell you,” he said.

Watch the full story -- including more dramatic secrets from cops and other professions -- on 20/20: True Confessions Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

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Cops Used Traffic Ticket to Force Woman Into Drug Buys, Lawyer Claims

ABC News/KTRK(FRIENDSWOOD, Texas) -- A woman in a small Texas town is alleging that police who pulled her over for a traffic ticket coerced her into making undercover drug buys to avoid paying the traffic fine, and threatened to reveal her role when she tried to back out of the arrangement.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous because she fears retribution from dealers, was pulled over for making an illegal lane change in the town Friendswood on Aug. 22, her attorney Dane Johnson told ABC News.

The officer who pulled her over found a glass pipe and the prescription medication Suboxone, which Johnson says she has a prescription for.  She was given tickets for an out of date registration and for not having proof of insurance with her, records show.

She was then arrested, taken to the police station and strip searched, her attorney alleges.

"The police seemed to think she was a drug dealer, and threatened to call Child Protective Services if she didn't cooperate," Johnson said.  "This is a single mother with no criminal record, and they wouldn't let her call anyone to go look after her child for the four hours she was at the station."

While being held police offered her a deal: perform three controlled drug buys instead of paying the fines, the lawyer said.  Her attorney told ABC News she had never bought drugs before, but agreed to do it to get out of the citations.

"I had two choices.  They were either going to arrest me, or I could agree to do some controlled buys," she told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV.

The Friendswood Police Department wouldn't comment to ABC News on the story.  County Manager Nick Haby said, "Because it is a pending criminal investigation it is our policy not to discuss it with the media at this time."  He would not say what was under investigation.

County prosecutors in two adjoining counties said they were unaware of the case.

But the woman's lawyer provided copies of text messages to ABC News supporting her claim that she was made to make a drug buy and was threatened with having her role revealed when she became afraid to make any more purchases.

Text messages that appear to be between the woman and a Friendswood detective show the planning in advance of the drug deal.

The woman's attorney said they are fighting the two traffic tickets, but have not yet decided whether to take legal action against the police department.

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Mega Millions 'Winner' Has Press Conference to Tell Reporters to 'Go Home'

ABC News(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore woman who claims she bought one of the three winning Mega Millions tickets had a news conference Wednesday, showed up late and then had her lawyer tell the reporters to "go home."

Merlande Wilson, 37 and the mother of seven, is the only person so far to tentatively make a claim for a share of the $656 million jackpot. But she has also raised eyebrows by repeatedly saying she has to find her ticket -- something most people would be safeguarding.

Wilson's lawyer, Edward Smith, said he cannot vouch for the ticket.

"I have not seen it and in fact I don't think I want to see it until the lottery people have it in their hot little hands," Smith said.

Wilson showed up late for a new conference called by her lawyer and sat slouched in a chair behind Smith. She muttered and shook or nodded her head depending on the question. She also played on her cellphone and often stared down to the ground.

When the news conference finally began, the lawyer told the press that they "should all go home." Smith said there was legal work to do and he wanted things to settle down.

Wilson, who works at a McDonald's restaurant, has said that she is still trying to find her ticket and, at another point, suggested she has hidden it somewhere in the restaurant.

The possibility that she has won the bonanza -- her share of a one-time payment would be $157.8 million -- has prompted some of her co-workers to claim that they deserve a share of the money because they bought the tickets together.

Smith would not address the claims by Wilson's co-workers.

The focus on the restaurant has prompted McDonalds to add two security guards to the store.

The other two winners bought their tickets in Illinois and Kansas.

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Chicago Man Finds Winning Lottery Ticket Worth $9 Million a Year Later

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- While millions of people hope to win the $312 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday, a Chicago man has already come up a winner with numbers he picked in a drawing more than a year ago.

Irving Przyborski discovered the winning ticket while doing his taxes.

"When I got my papers out, everything fell out and I said, 'What the hell is this?,'" Przyborski said.

Przyborski said he had forgotten about the lottery ticket, which was dated a year old.  He then looked up the numbers from last March's drawing and realized he had won the big prize -- $9 million to be exact.

Had he waited one more week, the ticket would have expired.

With news of the win came a lot of media attention, and Przyborski said he feels "worn out" and that his head is "like a gyroscope."

He said he plans to keep some of the money and donate the rest to charity.

"All I want to be is another face in the crowd, that's all," Przyborski said.

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