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Poll: Most Americans Say They’d Keep Working Even If They Won Millions

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We all may dream of winning the lottery, but most of us wouldn’t stop working if we did.

That’s the takeaway from a new Gallup poll, which revealed that two-thirds of American workers would continue toiling away even if they won $10 million in the lottery.

Thirty-one percent – mostly Baby Boomers — said they’d stop.

The results come from the Aug. 7 – 11, 2013 “Work and Education” survey, and Gallup says the results showed a higher desire to keep working despite a massive increase in finances than when the same question was asked on three surveys prior to the recession.

Surprisingly, most respondents also said they’d want to stay at their current job if they won the $10 million – about a 2-to-1 ratio would stay put rather than look for a new employer.

And while Gallup says it isn’t clear what caused the spike in those who’d want to keep working despite winning a large sum of money, the organization speculates that the recession may have something to do with a change in the value of having a job, or perhaps the perceived value of $10 million has simply decreased.

Either way, no one would argue this: An extra $10 million sure would be nice.

To see the Gallup poll, visit: www.gallup.com/poll/163973/work-even-won-millions.aspx

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