Would You Quit Working if You Won Mega Millions?

Wednesday May 25th 2016

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth $218 million following Tuesday’s drawing in which no one could match all five main numbers and the Mega Ball, but would you quit your job if you were to hit the jackpot later this week? Despite the fact a massive injection of wealth would allow you to fill your days lounging on Caribbean beaches and taking lazy lunches at high-class restaurants, a survey by software firm Adobe this week found 80 percent of US office workers would continue working even if they banked a big lottery windfall.

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When questioned, only 20 percent of employees said they would hand in their notice and leave the rat race behind for good, with 29 percent asserting they would use the financial backing to pursue their dream job. A further 23 percent planned to keep their current employment, but cut back their hours and the remaining 28 percent admitted they would continue to work under the same conditions as they do at present, although presumably with a fancier vehicle in the parking lot.

Of course, there are many tales of big winners turning their backs on the nine-to-five, including Mega Millions winner Steve Tran of California, who famously called his manager to tell him "I'm really sorry, boss. I hit the jackpot. I don't think I'm going to come in today, tomorrow or ever" after claiming half of a $648 million Mega Millions jackpot in December 2013.

However, previous surveys have revealed workers have numerous reasons for wanting to continue with their career other than purely financial considerations. Job site CareerBuilder reported in 2014 that nearly 20 percent of employees said they would continue to work because they would otherwise miss their colleagues and around three quarters thought they would become bored without the structure to the day that their employment brings.

You can play Mega Millions from authorized retailers in participating states to try and pick up this Friday’s massive top prize. The only decision you have to make then is whether you report for work promptly on Monday morning or call your line manager from the splendor of a five-star hotel suite in an exclusive tropical resort to tell them you quit!

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