Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?

irish78's avatar - Rowlf

I would definitely quit my job, but I would not quit working. A major win, you would have to lay low for a while, and relocate (if your name gets published). Slowly, after enough time has gone by, start working again. This time I would be working for fun, or something I really want to do, not what pays the bills (barely). Got to keep active.


If I won the lottery , i would open my own store. so i guess that is still working. So does that mean that i wouldn't quit my job? or are you talking about a job where I worked for a company that I didn't own?

joker831's avatar - Trek COMBADG3.gif

Would definitely quit working.  Why work when you don't have to?  I would be free to pursue a LOT of other, more interesting things than having to show up to a job that barely pays the bills.  Travel, explore other countries, meet new people, learn about new cultures, indulge my hobbies.  I would have way more things to do than I could ever get done with the rest of my life.  I have a LOT of other interests.  Work isn't one of them.  It's simply a necessity, nothing more.

RedStang's avatar - laughing chimp.gif

Once i get the check, see ya. There's plenty to keep me busy.

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In response to Deemandee1

That's what I was thinking. To write most wouldn't quit working doesn't mean they wouldn't quit their

current job they have. You can quit your job and still work.


Most jackpot winners stories I remember reading, they quit their job.

Or the winners I've seen on that show "Lottery Changed My Life" they're doing their own

thing to keep busy.

In response to RedStang

I Agree!

My path is Clear as crystal as to where l am heading. 

sully16's avatar - sharan

I already had my employer cut me down to 2 days a week, quit, you bet!

I think I would devote money and time to helping Vets and their families.

Coin Toss's avatar - shape barbed.jpg

What the report didn't mention was how co-workers would treat a jackpot winner.

Also, what people say they would do and what they actually do after something like that can be quite different.


It's said that one of the most common times people have heart attacks is Monday mornings.........some people dread going back to work after their days off that their bodies actually shut down on them.

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Jani Norman's avatar - fiftyways

Yes, and would volunteer time in a soup kitchen............. I love to cook.


I'd try and keep it quiet and continue working. Sad i know.

rcbbuckeye's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
In response to Coin Toss

Very true. Where I work, there would be hard feelings if I won and kept working. I sell furniture, commission sales. So I know that there would other sales people saying "why is he taking ups that I could have, and taking sales that I need?"

I would definitely retire. I'm 60, so I would just fish, and travel, and enjoy life if I ever get so lucky.

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How could you seat there in your work station taking b.s.orders from your moody boss when you know you don't have to? People who say they'd keep working as employees sure got jokes

ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized

Yes. I have lots of hobbies that I would invest my time in.

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Artist77's avatar - batman14
In response to Drenick1

Amen. I would likely drop my day job after a reasonable period (1-2 months) but keep my own artist and writing career.  But I would also do some volunteering based on those day job credentials since I worked too hard to obtain them. I think if God gives you a talent at anything and you work to develop it, you should continue it in some way.

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money."

Matthew 25:14-30

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I would disappear like a thief in the middle of the night!There is a whole wide beautiful world out there and I want to see it!Work?NO WAY!LOL!

Coin Toss's avatar - shape barbed.jpg

Posted before but worth repeating........

Way back before MM, PB, the Big Game, the Illinois lotto game had some pretty good jackpots.

One time in the 1980s a guy from Chicago won $43M. He was a printer making $650 a week (good money back then) and swore he'd keep working.

The guys' name was something like We were in the break room and a guy from Detroit (Sully will get this) said, "What else could you expect from a dumb P.....ock!"   
Green laugh

Anyway, the guy quit his printing job a month or so later and bought a bowling alley (his hobby) and a short while later bought a second one.

DoctorEw220's avatar - alien helmet.jpg

Honestly, I would keep working for two reasons.

  1.  The benefits.  Through my union contract, I have health benefits (Full medical, dental, prescription drug, and accidental death), legal benefits (I can get a lawyer at no cost whenever I need one.)

2.  Ever since Bernie Madoff, there has been no such thing as financial security anymore.  People lost hundreds of millions in an instant.

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                                                                 In one word "YES!"

  "Money might not be the most important thing in the world, but it does affect the things that are the most important to you."

                                                                           Paula White

In response to sully16

Would like to set up an empty warehouse or some commercial sized premises as fully functional living quarters for homeless families. Maybe some clapped out hotel/motel. Wishful? Maybe but I'd sure like to give it a go. Luck to you all.


I used to say I probably wouldn't quit but with the recent changes in management where I work, it's a different story. I just don't like the way things are going there, so if I can get out I will. What I'd probably do is volunteer work instead.

Maziyar85's avatar - Lottery-018.jpg

yes i will and would invest for my own business .

mikeintexas's avatar - h87TsB4

As HaveABall mentioned, the JP size wasn't mentioned.  If you won the first drawing after the Texas Lottery rolled over,  you'd take home a bit less than 2 million.  There would be a lot of other variables to factor in;  if you were making $50k/yr and took home a JP of a million, that's 20 yrs. of the same income you have now (not counting investment income), not even counting what you'd want to spend out of the initial amt.  How old are you at the time of winning?  If you're close to retiring anyway, why not quit?  OTOH, suppose you've got another few years to be vested in the pension plan?  If you won 100 million, then I could see not worrying about that, but *only* a million?  Be hard to just throw away that extra money you'd be due. 

I enjoyed reading the comments from those who would "give back", esp. to the vets.  I'd want to try to end hunger.  Oh, I couldn't do it for the entire planet, but I sure could make it go away in my small piece of the world.

Arrowhead's avatar - underground

Lots of factors, mainly, as others have noted, size of JP and winners' age.

Other than those who absolutely detest their employer, betting most stay on through a short period, maybe to see a project through or otherwise not leave co-workers in a lurch during vacations, etc. They'll understand better than you you'll likely be moving on soon enough.

Coin Toss's avatar - shape barbed.jpg

rcbuckeye is the only one that touched upon this, but what about making room for someone who really needs the job?

Ut oh.


In response to ThatScaryChick

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In response to Coin Toss

Yes that is a GREAT point - if you win & stay in your job you are keeping it from someone else who needs it. 

CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg

I would be so retired, that people who know me would think I was in a "home" someplace !!!!!
Realistically, my hobbies and volunteering my time with a local program like Big Brothers Big Sisters would take up most of my week...

Tialuvslotto's avatar - Jailin

I'd be outta there in a hearbeat!  Maybe hire Johnny Paycheck and his band to deliver the formal resignation letter.

Sooooooo many other things that I could do with my time and so many other people who need the job.  Status shouldn't be defined by who you work for or what kind of job you have.  Its what you stand for that matters. 

Actually, I don't really believe the survey.  Its so easy to do an online survey and click off your responses without really thinking about it, 'cause its all hypothetical.  What they should have done was interviewed actual lottery winners to see what they did after the win and how many of them are still working in a job (as opposed to being self-employed). 

I'm betting that there are very few significant $$$ winners who are still going through the daily grind to collect a pay check at the end of the week.

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