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58% Would Keep Working After Receiving Small Fortune

Monday, May 20, 2013

Many Americans rushed to buy lottery tickets late last week as the Powerball jackpot reached $590.5 million, one of the largest in history. But most say that even if they received a small fortune, they’d keep working.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 58% of Employed Adults would continue to work even if they were left a small fortune so that they could make the same amount of money without working. That includes 41% who would stay at their current job and another 17% who would find a new job. Thirty-five percent (35%) would quit working and retire. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 620 Employed Adults was conducted on May 14-15, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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