Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?

We’ve all dreamt about winning the lottery and what we would do.

There’s the ever-popular “buy a house, buy a car, buy an island” aspect of having more money than you would ever know what to do with.

People would become philanthropists. Hermits, Hide from your family and money-grubbing friends.

The Lottery
The Lottery

But would  you quit your job?

Some people work for the sake of working – anything to fill the day.  After all, sitting around like Scrooge McDuck on a pile of money may sound enticing, but it’s boring as sin.  So why not keep a job… if only for the health benefits?

According to a survey from CareerBuilder, not everyone would carry through with their threat of walking away.

  • Just 2% said they would just stop going to work, never telling their boss that they quit
  • 51% said that they would continue to work
  • Older workers were more apt to quit immediately compared to younger workers.  Our assumption is that older workers would see this as a way to reach early retirement.

So why would people keep working?  We’ve already mentioned that work is a way to alleviate boredom.

  • 42% wanted to guarantee financial security
  • 23% would miss the people they worked with
  • 76% wanted to continue to contribute in some way