CHICAGO – July 17, 2014 – If you won the lottery, would you keep working? While some may dream of hitting it big and leaving their office behind them, a new study from CareerBuilder suggests that’s not the case for everyone. Half (51 percent) of workers reported that, even if they didn’t need a job financially, they would still work after winning the lottery. Thirty percent of all workers say they would keep their current job.
The national survey, which was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from May 13 to June 6, 2014, included a representative sample of 3,372 workers across industries and company sizes.
Money Isn’t Everything
The study revealed that working isn’t always about the paycheck. The most common reasons workers would stay employed after winning the lottery included:
A Good Last Impression?
While many workers find reasons to continue working after a great financial windfall, nearly half (49 percent) say they’d take the opportunity to leave the workforce. When asked how they would quit their jobs, the most common responses included:
Living the Dream
While nearly a third (30 percent) of employees would stay in their current job after winning the lottery, that’s not to say it’s their dream job. Only 15 percent of workers report they are currently working in their dream job, and another 36 percent say that while they’re not quite there yet, they believe they will be someday.
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 3,372 workers ages 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between May 13 and June 6, 2014 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 3,372, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.69 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
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