Would you still work if you won the lottery ?

@ronnyb (6114)
Jamaica
December 26, 2008 6:22am CST
The issues that I am trying to get at is if you work because you have to pay your bills and other expenses or do you work because you are motivated by a deeper need to contribute to society ? I am thinking for the former wouldn’t resign from their job the day they won it and head off on a world wide cruise. I am thinking that such persons would spend their time lounging in the sun in some exotic locations drinking margaritas and applying sunscreen. Maybe they are those of this group who wouldn’t resign but they would suddenly start putting out even less than they used or start coming to work late and eventually get fired since they don’t need the job. Those who are motivated by work though would continue as before ,maybe they would get a nicer car ,nicer home and a few extra amenities but their work ethics wouldn’t change. They would come to work the same time and put out the same effort Would your work ethics change if you won the lottery and if so how ?
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27 responses
• India
26 Dec 08
the question is quite difficult. i always wondered that if i would have won a lottery then would i work. it took me years to think about this. but now answer is here. ya, i would go to work even if i would have won a big lottery because working will keep me alive it will not bring sadness in my life,because then i will have no spare time to think of the quarrels that i had with my family. but if i will not work i will become sad.
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@ronnyb (6114)
• Jamaica
26 Dec 08
Good answer ,not many persons realise that work is more than just providing money for our expenses.Work also gives our lives structure and something to occupy our time
@AnakSuNamun (2084)
• United States
26 Dec 08
That question made me think a little.I doubt I would ever win lottery since I'm known as the person who spends$100 and wins 10 but dreaming is still free,right? I would definitely keep working,maybe switch to part-time or take a bit more vacations. Becoming instantly rich sounds like a great opportunity to finally find a job that I would love and keep no matter what.Probably something that would make me use my brain in a creative way which I haven't done in years. Cruises and travelling are awesome,especially world travel but one gets tired of moving from place to place. I hate it when I have too many days off in a row,not because I'm such a hard-worker but because I have nothing to do,you might get bored at the job but at least you get paid for it. So yes,I would keep the job but would it be my current one?..
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@ronnyb (6114)
• Jamaica
26 Dec 08
You have mentioned a good point that many persons ignore in the joy of becomming rich and that is that doing nothing can sometimes be a drag.Sometimes our poverty stricken lives can be more excting than having a lot of money .Atleast we have a scehdule and that keeps us going
@lisado (1227)
• United States
26 Dec 08
Me? No. I'm a homemaker and I enjoy it. I'm here for my sons. My husband? He'd better not quit his job! He'd drive me NUTS! If he has a couple of days off in a row then I'm about to push him out the door! He gets bored easily and he doesn't read like I do. He gets bored watching TV. He doesn't play video games. I feel like I have to entertain him or something, especially when the weather is bad. Time to sing and dance! lol He'll go outside to the garage and tinker with the cars or something during the summer, but during the winter or on rainy days he's under my feet driving me nuts. He might not work the same job (although he seems to enjoy this one since he got out of the Navy) but he'd have to do something or drive us both bonkers with his boredom!
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@SHAMRACK (8576)
• India
26 Dec 08
Dear friend, Yes, and if possible try to have my own office that could give work to others. More over I would also invest the lot and try to expand my business. I do like my present job and my boss so I have no plants to quit my job even if I get a lottery, may be I may just take few holidays to enjoy my life a bit with that money.
@gemini_rose (16264)
27 Dec 08
It would depend on how much I won, if it was a lot then I would not work I would just enjoy life to the full. If it was just a bit then no I would not give up work I would just invest what I had won somewhere and build it up.
• Philippines
26 Dec 08
Yes, I will continue working for the sense of fulfillment and for my self-respect. Also to contribute something worthwhile to society. And to be a good example to my children.
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@lkbooi (16070)
• Malaysia
27 Dec 08
Hi ronnyb, if I were to win any of the first three prizes of the lottery and get a huge sum of cash, I think I still would like to have my work as before. I love my two current part time jobs as well as some of my colleagues. It is always to have great fun by chatting and joking while working together with nice people harmoniously, though sometimes we are pretty busy with our work load. We would feel excited and happy with the great amount of money received. Of course we would spend some of them having long traveling visiting dreamed countries. Or buy an ideal house and auto. Definitely I would feel bored and monotonous after enjoy doing these for some period. I persist to continue doing my office work though I possess great amount money. We could try to invest money to start whatever business that could bring us profit. If we keep on spending money like water without working I believe we will run out of money very soon. posting and have a nice day.
@mae1216 (658)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
Well, yeah, I will still work since I don't know when money will last but when we talk about career. Once, you have know how to handle it very well, it will last.
@sona22 (1430)
• India
27 Dec 08
As I am a housewife it was impossible for me to participate in the discussion. Later I asked my husband and I am writing his views on this issue in his own word. "Yes, I shall continue my work. The reasons: 1) It is the job which gives me social status, respect and give me the chance to prove my ability in the field of banking. And I love this job. 2) In the age of 46 I can't imagine to live without a respect less job. 3) Life is not only for passing the days. 4) Satisfaction of a performer will not come from money only. 5) We can purchase many thing by money but not our respect. 6) To me work is worship."
@cybersoft01 (1284)
• India
27 Dec 08
Yes, I will definitely continue to work. You see, we work not only to meet our expenses but to keep ourselves busy. I don't think one can spend all his life in entertainment and having fun. One will simply get tired of it. Well, that's what I think.
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
It depends how much I won in the lottery.. Lets see if its worth P200M (Phil Equiv., and then my works pays me decent but bunch of work papers.. I will definitely resigned and put up my owm business.. I will not use that money for too much pleasure coz it might be vanished since that money comes from gambling..I will just stick to use the money in a very positive way.. I might use that to see the world leisurely but suddenly wake up with only coins left.. its so sad..
@aakay4u (799)
• India
27 Dec 08
i wouldnt work if i get enough money.will deposit a major portion and ensure that i get enough money as interest from my deposit.will lead a life in a place somewhere in the hills.pursue my hobbies and with no tension for the next month would just live life to the fullest.
@tabachi (263)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
of course!i would like to work...i will keep working...winning the lotto is just because i was lucky..it's like something impossible came my way and i got it..that's just it...but working is a necessity in life.we have to work to be able to live and be comfortable...winning is just an added feature in my life...but of course i will be able to do more with the money from the lottery...hahaha!
@fairydew (180)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I would still work. I would still learn. I would still go to college and take courses. In between, I would spend my money on travel and building new houses for myself and all my family, etc. Part of my work would be trying to find worthwhile causes in this world to donate some of my win to.
@maean_19 (4656)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
Assuming I won a lottery prize.........(How I wish..) I would still go to work and do my usual routine. Maybe it is true that am motivated to work to sustain my daily living, but having a work is likewise a self-satisfaction to those who are challenged holding tasks. Besides, even the rich people still goes to work though with higher positions or invest into businesses which is still considered a work. No one can stop me from working even if I won a big big sum of money, let us say an amount that provides my future. However, money can be lost if you do not know how to make use of it in a more appropriate or indispensable manner. I would perhaps give myself a pamper - like travel or have a cruise, but I will not do that all the time and waste the money for unnecessary luxury or pleasure. I will still go to work everyday, yet I would invest the winning prize for my top 5 necessary things. I would buy a house that is comfortable to stay on to save for monthly rents staying on apartment (am living independent on a City, that's why).. A car which I could use without commuting all the time. What else?...I will invest a percentage of the winning prize on a business and the rest should be deposited on a Bank.
@sudalunts (5523)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I am presently unemployed, but if I was working and hit the lottery, I would not continue to work. There are so many people out of work, that I would be more than glad to step down, in order to give someone else the opportunity to support themselves and their families. I basically work to keep the bills paid, I have not found a job yet that I love so much I would continue to work if I did not need the money. I would quit in a heartbeat.
• India
27 Dec 08
Yes i will work because why to loose money which we are getting from our job. i really belive that job is permanent while who know how do we spend the easy money earned from the lottery. I will go for a car, house and i will get all that money can buy but i will continue the job which i am doing
@j47lee (740)
• Canada
27 Dec 08
I wouldnt give up working... i mite open a business and of course have a manager manage it.. but then i would also have to see over what they do... so that way i am occupied... and life wouldnt be so boring..... i noticed that if im not working... i tend to be short tempered and messed up most of the time... lol like pick up fights with anybody... in general go crazy.. so best way for me is to work..
@azlimuna (52)
• Malaysia
27 Dec 08
I would definitely resign from current post if i won a lottery. What is point of working? I work to pay bills and other expenses as well as provide financial support for my family. This is my reality bites. Perhaps, I will continue earning online to fulfill my time or opening my own business so that the money lottery will exhaust. I will also upgrade my education so that I teach other people. I like teaching people but my current work does not permit me to this.
@Seyduna (129)
• Turkey
27 Dec 08
I can make good investments with that much money to contribute to society without having to work =) so i would quit my job and work on my finances