01 August 2016

Discover What Motivates Millionaires To Do The 9-5

Why Do Lottery Winners Go Back To Work?

You might be sitting at your desk right now dreaming of winning the lottery, imagining emancipating yourself from the nine to five with the help of that lucky ticket. The idea of going back to work after becoming a multi-millionaire might be utterly baffling to you, but, you might be surprised to hear it's not that uncommon. Why do winners do this? Scroll down to reveal why!

Why Do Lottery Winners Go Back To Work?

A Question Of Loyalty 

For most of us the idea of never having to do customer service again would result in a heartfelt whoop of joy, but that's not true of everyone.

Take the recent Dublin Bus syndicate who won big on EuroMillions but still didn't leave their passengers in the lurch. "I certainly wouldn't be here if I'd won a million quid", said one of the Dublin Bus staff, who, cleverly, opted to comment anonymously!

Yet these winners were all much older, and nearing retirement anyway, for the most part. Their share of the winnings would certainly make that retirement far more comfortable, not to mention enabling them to help our their families more. Furthermore they belong to a generation that places a particularly strong emphasis on loyalty to one's colleagues and customers. So, although the tabloids speculated that they wouldn't bother coming in on Monday morning, the buses ran as normal. 

Across the Irish Sea a similar story when bus driver Kevin Jones from Cheshire won over £6 million on the UK Lotto. Despite the fact that he could have easily just not shown up for work and lived on easy-street for life, he was still up at 5:30am the following day because he didn't want his regulars being late for work!

Also in the UK, John Doherty, a plumber who won £14 million in July of this year, saw things the same way. Two days after pocketing that incredible sum he was back behind the wheel of his van.

When pressed by the media as to what motivated him to keep on fixing toilets and taps he replied simply that he'd be bored at home, and that he didn't want to let down loyal customers.

He did admit to be toying with the idea of dropping down to four days a week, and who can blame him?


Doherty's not alone; spending the rest of your life jetting between five star resorts might be a dream come true, but it's not for everyone. 

I mean, yours truly would much rather be slumped against a palm tree sipping a margarita than slumped in front of a computer, but hey, takes all sorts, right? 

Sadly, many people are not blessed with this amazing ability to do absolutely nothing, and have to get back to the workplace.

Seems many of them also work in the transport industry. Again, in the UK, we have the story of train driver Carl Prance who won £7 million. After his win he packed it all in and took up a life of luxury, but by his own admission the permanent feeling of being on holiday just didn't sit right with him. Seven months later Carl was back working on the railway.

Similarly Jean Swatman, who scooped £2 million, didn't throw a letter of resignation at her boss as she flew out the door, instead she kept on making doughnuts for Morrisons, despite persistent pleas from her family to retire.

Eventually after eight months the 63-year-old decided to retire, but only because she couldn't face early starts and scraping ice of the car window.  


“Made my breakfast and out the door, 5:40 on the road", this was how Canadian Robert Goertzen described the next workday after winning the lottery.

Goertzen, who won $21.9 million Canadian dollars, or approx. €15 million, back in February this year, decided to stay working as a heavy machinery instructor, along with his girlfriend, who works at the same company.

Gortzen plans on clearing off his debts, buying his girlfriend a new Jeep and providing his daughter with a top education. But there are no retirement plans in the works.

“Don’t get me wrong", he told the press, "I’m going to take longer holidays. But I’m going to be here. This is my job.”

For some people life is all about routine. 

A New Career

Not everyone who keeps working after their big win stays in the same career, even if they do return to the day job.

For many a big financial windfall is, understandably, the perfect catalyst for a long-harboured business dream.

One example is Adrian Bayford, one half of the Bayford's who won the famous €190 million jackpot on the EuroMillions. After splitting with his wife and marrying a woman 12 years his junior, all quite publically, as we know, it seems Adrian has tired of the lotto lifestyle.

Now, the self-confessed music lover has poured some of his winnings into a brand new memorabilia shop in Cambridge. With an emphasis on music, the shop also sells a huge range of film and TV items.

His store sells, among other things, dresses worn by Lady Gaga herself, John Lennon's autograph and props from the most recent Star Wars film.

Another big lotto winner made a splash in the business world when he funded a water park in Green Island, New York. John Kutey tipped $250,000 into the business venture in the hope of regenerating the area. 

What Would YOU Do?

So? Would you maintain the status quo in your 9-to-5 or would you tell your boss where to stick it? It's fun to think about, but why just daydream? Let's try make it a reality. At Lottoland we've got the world's biggest and best jackpots every single week and this week is no exception. This Thursday's American PowerBall jackpot is a perfect example; at €465 million not only could you tell your boss you quit, you could start your own, better company, hire all your workmates and pay them triple what they're making now!