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Virginia woman threw out lottery ticket worth $100,000

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The lady must surely know how lucky she really was.

How would you like to be the player in Florida who let a top prize Florida Fantasy5 ticket worth $234,432.93 EXPIRE?  A winning top prize ticket was sold on 7/22/2017 in Inverness, Florida but was never redeemed at The Florida Lottery's Headquarters in Tallahassee.  Adding insult to injury, the winning ticket was a Free Ticket.  I hope that player does not know how unlucky they really were.

What's the biggest unpaid winning ticket you've seen in your state?  G5

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    What gets me is, without the due diligence and honesty of the clerk the woman would not have won $100,000 and yet she doesn't say anything about rewarding the clerk for her keen eye and honesty. I understand wanting to take your family on a much needed vacation,  but without the clerk a vacation with no worries about costs or upcoming bills probably would not be possible.

    The "honest clerk" was a sales associate at the Walmart and obviously not in a store where players stand near or at a sales counter scratching tickets. Many states are going to lottery kiosk and here there usually is a waste basket next to them. Some, but not all are in eyesight from the sales counter. 

    To me it's very odd that a Walmart sales associate would stop what they were doing, go through the trash and check tickets seconds after a player discarded them.

    It's possible a reward was offered but the employee rules at Walmart prevented accepting a reward.

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      Maria has the Michael J Pollard cheeks. Distant relative perhaps?

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        The "honest clerk" was a sales associate at the Walmart and obviously not in a store where players stand near or at a sales counter scratching tickets. Many states are going to lottery kiosk and here there usually is a waste basket next to them. Some, but not all are in eyesight from the sales counter. 

        To me it's very odd that a Walmart sales associate would stop what they were doing, go through the trash and check tickets seconds after a player discarded them.

        It's possible a reward was offered but the employee rules at Walmart prevented accepting a reward.

        "It's very odd that a Walmart sales associate would stop what they were doing, go through the trash and check tickets seconds after a player discarded them." 

        I'll second that statement.  When I read the story I felt something was "fishy" or wrong.  It's either that, or details were omitted from the story that explained the sales associates actions.

        There's no doubt in my mind the clerk did the right or ethical thing.  As far as a Walmart policy preventing an employee from accepting a reward goes, that's easy to go around.  The woman could arrange to meet the employee someplace other than at Walmart and give them a reward. But the the Walmart employee appears to be so ethical that they probably wouldn't do that either! Good for them!! G5

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