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