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If You Won the Lottery ... Would You Quit?

If You Won the Lottery ... Would You Quit?
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If you hit it big on the lottery, would you stash away your winnings and keeping trudging into work each day, or would you trade in your job for a life of glitz and glamour?

If you would keep working, you're not alone. In a new study from CareerBuilder, 51 percent of workers reported that, even if they didn't need a job financially, they would still work after winning the lottery. Overall, nearly one-third of employees say they would even opt to stay in their current jobs.

The research discovered that many of the top reasons for continuing to work don't revolve around money. More than three-quarters of those surveyed said they would keep a job after winning the lottery because they would be bored without one, while 76 percent said work gives them a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Additionally, 23 percent said they would miss their co-workers.

While many employees would continue working after a great financial windfall, 49 percent say they'd take the opportunity to leave the workforce and wouldn't look back.

The study found that those workers vary on what they would do on their way out, though. While more 75 percent of those surveyed would give their employers at least two weeks' notice after winning the lottery, 13 percent would walk out that day and never come back.

Meanwhile, 3 percent would tell off their bosses and air all of their grievances, and 2 percent would just not show up to work the next morning, without ever formally quitting.

The study was based on surveys of 3,372 workers across industries and company sizes.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.